January 10, 2014
Houghton Alumna Receives Presidential Nomination
January 09, 2014 - The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, Nominee for Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, Department of State
Dr. Deborah L. Birx is the Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS in the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position she has held since 2009.
From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Birx served as the Director of the CDC’s Global AIDS Programs for the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.
Dr. Birx served on active duty in the U.S. Army for 29 years, retiring in 2008 with the rank of Colonel. As an Army officer, she served as Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program and as Director of the Division of Retrovirology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from 1996 to 2005. She served as the Laboratory Director of HIV-1 Vaccine Development from 1995 to 1996, Chief of the Department of Retroviral Research from 1994 to 1995, and Assistant Chief for the Department of Retroviral Research from 1989 to 1994.
Concurrently, Dr. Birx has served as adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina since 2012, a consultant to Walter Reed Army Medical Center since 1989, and an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences since 1985.
Dr. Birx received a bachelor of science degree from Houghton College in 1976.