Bloomberg Law
Aug. 15, 2019, 9:37 AM

Francis Collins: Two Presidents, Ten Years and One NIH Chief

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

NIH director for life? Francis Collins doesn’t think so, but he’s also not ready to leave yet.

“It has been a great privilege to continue to do this, but I’m 69 years old,” he said. “It’s probably good for organizations that need to innovate—and to be challenging—to have a turnover in leadership on some sort of regular basis.”

Collins is in the unique position of having been appointed by President Barack Obama and then reappointed under President Donald Trump to lead the National Institutes of Health.

“You know, it’s been fine,” Collins said of working for both ...

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