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​Colleen McGowan, MHA
Director, ORS​​

​T​he Office of the Director (OD) provides leadership, direction, management, communication, and outreach to the 22 Divisions, Offices, and Branches managed by the ORS.​

The OD establishes and implements policy and allocates the resources required to support NIH’s research mission and programmatic goals.​ ​

​Office of the Director

About the Director

As the ORS Director, Ms. Colleen McGowan advises the NIH Deputy Director for Management and other NIH senior staff on the management and delivery of technical and administrative services in support of the NIH research mission.

Prior to being named ORS Director, Ms. McGowan was the Executive Director at the NIH Clinical Center. She previously served as the Clinical Center Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Senior Administrative Officer, and as committee chair on many trans-NIH initiatives including the Management Intern Subcommittee and the NIH Human Resources Advisory Committee.

Prior to her long history with the NIH, Ms. McGowan was a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving as the Director, Regional USAF/VA Joint Ventures and Director of Managed Care at the David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center in California. Ms. McGowan was also an Administrative Fellow with The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where she worked under the Vice President for Administrative Services and the Director of International Services. Earlier in her career, she served as the Chief, Financial Officer/Human Resources Director at the Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

Ms. McGowan has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the U.S. Army-Baylor University.​​​


Office of the Director
Office of Research Services
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 4B54
Bethesda, MD 20892 
Phone: (301) 496-2215