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AAU Statement on President-Elect Trump's Decision to Retain Francis Collins as NIH Director


Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman

We are thrilled by the report that President-elect Trump has asked Francis Collins to continue to lead the National Institutes of Health in his Administration. AAU was among the organizations asking the President-elect to keep Dr. Collins as NIH director. He has been an extraordinarily thoughtful and dynamic leader, and now more than ever we need a leader of his caliber to manage key initiatives and maximize NIH's impact on science, discovery, and health. NIH is responsible for countless advances that have benefited the country and the world. Under Dr. Collins's continuing leadership, we can expect many more.

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Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities comprises 62 distinguished institutions that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery. Our universities earn the majority of competitively awarded funding for federal academic research, and are improving human life and wellbeing through research and by educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens. AAU members collectively help shape policy for higher education, science and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of research universities to society.