Mary Wakefield, the Department of Health and Human Services’ administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, has been nominated to the HHS deputy secretary role.
President Barack Obama announced Wakefield’s nomination on Thursday along with other key positions.
Wakefield has been acting deputy secretary of HHS since April 2015.
She was a professor and director of the University of North Dakota’s Center for Rural Health, associate dean for rural health and a faculty member on the UND College of Nursing before she joined HHS.
Wakefield also served as a professor and director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University between 1996 and 2001.
From 1987 to 1996, Wakefield served on the staffs of Sens. Kent Conrad, Jocelyn Burdick and Quentin Burdick.
A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine, she served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as chairperson.