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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 14, 2005

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate one individual to serve in his Administration:

The President intends to nominate Lester M. Crawford, of Maryland, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Crawford currently serves as Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Physiology-Pharmacology at the University of Georgia, Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and Deputy Commissioner of FDA. Earlier in his career, Dr. Crawford was Director of the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Georgetown University and Virginia Tech. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations' World Health Organization for nearly twenty years. Dr. Crawford is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University and his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Georgia.

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