Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to take up the post of administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As highway-safety chief, Runge will lead an agency of more than 600 employees with a $403 million annual budget.
Runge, a physician, is a nationally recognized expert in motor vehicle injury care and prevention. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has served on the faculty of Emergency Medicine Residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., since 1984. He was most recently director of the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention and Control and serves on the Trauma Care and Injury Control Committee and the Research Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
“Jeff’s extensive background of research, education, and hands-on experience will make him a triple asset to the department,” said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. “I look forward to working with him as we meet the challenge of reducing death and injury on the nation's highways.”