Kenneth Olden, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the National Toxicology Program.
Ken Olden is a native of Tennessee. He is a graduate of Knoxville College, the University of Michigan, and Temple University.
In 1991, the first Bush administration appointed Olden director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, becoming the first African-American to head one of the institutes in the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this appointment, Olden served as professor and chairman of the Department of Oncology and director of the Cancer Center at Howard University in Washington, DC. Olden is a highly regarded cancer researcher whose 34-year career has included appointments at Harvard University Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
He remains an active researcher and scholar and has published 159 articles and book chapters dealing with cancer biology and environmental health research and policy. Because of his accomplishments in science and public policy, Olden was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board, and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a recipient of the prestigious City of Medicine Award for "extraordinary achievements in medicine in the public interest," and was presented both the Presidential Meritorious and Executive Rank Awards for sustained extraordinary accomplishment in management of programs by President Clinton. Ken is married with four children.