Key Staff Changes Announced at NIH, AAAS, and NEH

April 2014

Changes in key leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) were announced this month.

Effective May 5, Robert M. Kaplan, NIH’s associate director for behavioral and social sciences research, and director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will move to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He will serve in a new position as chief science officer for AHRQ.

William T. Riley, chief of the Science of Research and Technology Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute will be detailed as the acting director of OBSSR. In the near future, NIH will initiate a nationwide search to fill Kaplan’s vacancy.

AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner, executive publisher of Science, has announced his plan to retire from the association after nearly 13 years of service. He will remain in place until a successor takes office.

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate William “Bro” Adams, president of Colby College, as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.