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Lynn Hellinger retires

December 31, 2011


Lynn C. HellingerLynn C. Hellinger, NIA’s director of management retired on December 31, 2011, after a decades-long career at NIH and as a federal manager. Ms. Hellinger was at the administrative helm of NIA since 2005, providing leadership on, workforce and strategic management, , budget, information technology, general administration , ethics, and all aspects of NIA’s overall operations.

“We will greatly miss Lynn,” said NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes. “She is an accomplished and creative leader, with a deep understanding of how large organizations can and should function. She managed the enterprise both in detail and strategically. At NIH, Lynn was guided by her strong belief that excellence in administration supports the best science.”

Ms. Hellinger leaves NIH after an extraordinary 26-year career, where she was known for navigating complex administrative challenges while maintaining excellent interpersonal relationships. She came to the campus in 1982 as a personnel staffing specialist in the Office of the Director. In 1988, she served as the deputy director of human resources and chief of operations for NIH’s Clinical Center, a 500-bed research hospital with 17 medical and service departments. Later, at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), after serving as director of NIAID’s human resources, she became associate director for management and operations. Ms. Hellinger led the effort post-September 11, 2001, to create an infrastructure of staff and buildings for biodefense research in a compressed time frame and at a height of national concerns about terror.

Ms. Hellinger was also a leader in numerous NIH senior scientific and administrative executive management activities. She was co-chair of the Commercial Activities steering committee and the Administrative Management Systems steering committee. She also served as a key advisor to the NIH Deputy Director of Management through her membership on the Strategic Administrative Management Policy Committee; she also regularly chaired executive leadership searches for key positions at the NIH.

Ms. Hellinger is particularly well-known and admired in the administrative community for her activities in building excellence in public service. She was and will remain a tireless mentor of young professionals in public administration and management. She served as the federal representative to the International Public Management Association's (IPMA) executive council and has served as president of the Montgomery County chapter and eastern region of the association.

To cap these achievements, Ms. Hellinger in 2010 received the SES Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. One of the highest awards in public service, it recognizes senior career employees who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service. Ms. Hellinger was also the recipient of several NIH Director’s Award, for mentoring and other achievements. She also received several prestigious awards through the IPMA, including the Frank H. Densler Award and the Charles H. Cushman Award.

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