The second-highest-ranking official at the CDC is planning to “Retire” out of the blue.
CDC principal deputy director is set to step down after 33 years at the agency. She is the second-highest-ranking official to step down in recent weeks after nancy Messonnier which directed the COVID19 response at the agency, resigned last Friday.
HIGH RANKING OFFICIAL:
Anne Schuchat, the deputy director, set to retire, has been one of the CDC’s highest-ranking officials since September 2015. She worked under four separate directors. She served as acting director two different times in 2017 and 2018.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky thanked Schuchat for her “leadership and contributions over three decades, and during this very challenging period for our country.” she went on to say, “I am especially thankful for her invaluable counsel, assistance, and support in my transition into this role,” Walensky said in a statement. “Anne embodies selfless public service, the pinnacle of scientific and intellectual standards, and has given her heart to our agency and the public health community. I will remain forever grateful that our paths crossed, even for just a short while.”
HER CDC HISTORY:
Schuchat worked during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and the 2003 SARS outbreak also the Beijing 2001 Anthrax attack.
“REASONS” FOR LEAVING:
While Messonnier’s departure was allegedly due to “internal conflicts” after she was replaced as head of the CDC’s vaccine task force, Schuchat said it was just time for her to move on.
In a statement, she said, “Over the past 33 years at CDC, I have had extraordinary experiences, both professional and personal. This summer, I will be leaving the agency for a retirement that I hope will allow more time for creative passions,” She went on to say
“I will be leaving with the greatest respect and confidence in CDC’s leadership and staff and the important work we do. I could not be more optimistic about the future of our agency and the prospects for our public health system. After a long and fulfilling career in public health, infectious diseases, and epidemiology, it is the time for me to smell some roses.”
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