COA of the USPHS Hires New Executive Director

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The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service hires retired Army colonel James Tyson Currie as executive director.

The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) and its affiliate the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF) announce James Tyson Currie as executive director. Currie holds a doctoral degree in history from the University of Virginia and is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Currie was a professor of Political Science/National Security Studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University for 18 years. More recently he has worked as legislative director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the largest trade association representing the recreational boat building industry, with 1500 members; and prior to that as the director of federal relations at the National Association of State Treasurers. Colonel Currie also worked as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. He is the author of three books and 25 articles.

Colonel Currie was the unanimous choice of the search committee after an exhaustive review of some fifty applicants for the position. He is one of the few applicants meeting all three of the most important criteria identified by the association and foundation boards: uniformed service experience, demonstrated leadership, and success in managing organizations. He has a rich background of accomplishment and possesses the skills necessary to lead COA and COF to continued success in the years ahead.

Currie said that he is honored by his selection to become the executive director for the association and foundation. "It will be the culmination of my career," he said. "I am excited about the opportunity to represent the incredible officers of the U.S. Public Health Service--active and retired--and to furthering the goals of the association and the foundation. Jerry Farrell will be an extremely tough act to follow, as he has been everything you would want in an executive director."

Colonel Currie will replace Farrell who has served as COA/COF executive director since 2001. Colonel Currie will begin work on 1 April. He is COA's fourth executive director since the association was incorporated in 1951.

The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service is dedicated to improving and protecting the public health of the United States by advocating for the 125-year-old Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of seven uniformed services. Led by the Surgeon General, the 6,800 officers in the PHS Commissioned Corps "protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation."

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