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ND native nominated for top federal job

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has nominated Devils Lake native Mary Wakefield to serve as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has nominated Devils Lake native Mary Wakefield to serve as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wakefield, who previously worked at UND's medical school as an associate dean, has served as acting deputy secretary of federal HHS since March. The deputy secretary role makes her second in command of HHS.
Previously, she had been administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency within HHS, since 2009.
Before 2009, Wakefield worked as associate dean for rural health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck and master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas in Austin.
Wakefield must be confirmed in her job by the Senate.

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