Rear Adm. Linda K. Tollefson
Rear Admiral Linda K. Tollefson (IL '80), a veterinary officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, is the new director of the Food and Drug Administration's Europe Regional Office in Brussels, Belgium, which opened in December 2008.
This past year, the FDA began opening centers around the world as part of the government's ongoing strategy to ensure the quality and safety of exports to the United States. The first FDA offices were established in several cities in China.
Admiral Tollefson most recently was the assistant commissioner for science in the Office of Science and Health Coordination and is a former deputy director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine.
In addition, she chaired the Research Involving Human Subjects Committee and was the FDA representative to the Office of the Surgeon General. Admiral Tollefson is also involved in several FDA science issues, including serving as the agency's co-chair of the Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance.