Texas Tech University

Leading the Way

Don Wright Moves in to Head
Dept. of Health & Human Services  

TTU alumni Donald WrightTexas Tech College of Arts & Sciences alumnus Don Wright, MD, MPH, was appointed Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Sept. 29, following the resignation of Secretary Tom Price.

Wright had been the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since Feb. 10. Wright remains the director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a position he has held since January 2012. He has worked in HHS for 10 years.

From 2003 to 2007, Wright worked in the U.S. Department of Labor as director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Wright received his bachelor's degree in zoology and animal biology in the College of Arts & Sciences' Department of Biological Sciences before earning his medical degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Before entering government service, Wright worked for 15 years as a dedicated physician, committed to the prevention of injuries and illnesses in an extensive clinical and consulting practice in Central Texas

He is board-certified in both family medicine and preventive medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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