nominates AU vet alumnus to be FDA commissioner
Bush has nominated Auburn University alumnus Dr. Lester Crawford to
be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
Crawford, 66, a 1963 AU veterinary graduate and Demopolis native,
has been acting commissioner since March 2004. He previously served
two years as deputy commissioner, including nine months as acting
commissioner in 2002.
Senate approval, Dr. Crawford will become the first veterinarian
to serve as FDA commissioner.
known of Dr. Crawfords ability for many years because he has
been very active in supporting the College of Veterinary Medicine,
said Dr. Timothy Boosinger, AU veterinary dean. He was awarded
our Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989, and he was kind enough
to speak at our 2004 annual conference. He will do an excellent
job leading the FDA.
FDA is responsible for the safety and regulation of drugs, most
foods, biological products, medical devices, animal feed and drugs,
cosmetics and radiation-emitting equipment. The nations food
safety efforts are conducted by the FDA and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture. USDA oversees meat and poultry.
Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services, calls Dr. Crawford
an outstanding choice for the position.
Crawford has dedicated his career to advancing the nations
public health and will lead the way as we enter a new era of individualized
medicine and rapidly developing science, Leavitt said. With
Dr. Crawfords leadership, FDA will provide the worlds
safest drugs and empower citizens with the tools they need to make
to make informed choices about their health.
Crawfords background includes serving as director of the Center
for Food and Nutrition Policy in Washington, D.C., and as executive
director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
He has worked more than 13 years with the FDA and the USDA, including
three years as director of the FDAs Center for Veterinary
addition to his AU veterinary degree, he has a Ph.D. in pharmacology
from the University of Georgia and an honorary doctorate from Budapest