President Clinton last week nominated Jane Henney, M.D., 51, as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a slot that was vacant for more than 18 months.
Henney is an oncologist who was deputy commissioner for operations at the FDA from 1992 to 1994. Since then, she has been vice president for health sciences at the University of New Mexico.
Her nomination requires Senate confirmation. Hearings on her candidacy are not expected until fall.
The former FDA commissioner was David Kessler, M.D., who left the post in February 1997 to accept a position at the Yale University School of Medicine.