February 19, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate James B. Wyngaarden to be Director of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. He would succeed Donald Sharp Fredrickson.

Since 1967 Dr. Wyngaarden has been professor and chairman, department of medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. He was professor and chairman, department of medicine, and professor of biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1965-67. He also served as a consultant to the Philadelphia Veterans Administration hospital during that same time period. He has held other positions with Duke University, George Washington University, National Institutes of Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Wyngaarden attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. (1942-43), Western Michigan University (1943-44), and the University of Michigan Medical School (1944-48). He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

He has five children and resides in Durham, N.C. He was born October 19, 1924, in East Grand Rapids, Mich.