Don J. Wright, the current deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Health Promotion (ODPHP), will be taking over for Tom Price as acting HHS secretary after Price resigned Friday amid a backlash over private plane trips.
President Trump intends to designate Wright, of Virginia, in his new role effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday night, according to a statement released from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Wright became the deputy assistant secretary for Healthcare Quality in 2009, according to his biography on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. He also served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for health and advised the assistant secretary for health. He was an alternate U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization Executive Board.