Virginia State Health Commissioner Robert Stroube, 61, is retiring at the end of the year, Gov. Timothy Kaine announced.
Stroube, whose public health career spanned 32 years, served two tenures as state health commissioner, from 1991 to 1994, and again from 2001 until 2007.
Dr. Stroubes commitment to public health has had a positive impact on communities across the Commonwealth, Kaine said in a written statement. Under his direction, the state has been recognized by national experts as a model for others seeking to protect and promote public health.
Stroube led several disaster-response operations, including the Virginia Health Departments response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, in addition to the public-health response in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel.
This past year, he oversaw and coordinated the work of the state medical examiner in the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech. He is also the outgoing president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. His successor will be announced at a later date. -- by Jennifer Lubell