Charles Rothwell was recently named as the new director of the National Center for Health Statistics. NCHS, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monitors the nation’s health and gathers related information for research, policy and programs.
Rothwell’s previous job was as director of the NCHS Division of Vital Statistics. He succeeds Dr. Edward Sondik, who stepped down as NCHS director in April to retire.
Federal News Radio named Rothwell as one of its Top Leaders in Federal Service last February. A panel of judges chose him along with four others from a pool of 62 nominated leaders for this distinction.
“If you’re a leader, it’s not about you,” Rothwell said, in an interview. “It’s about the organization, the people. They are the ones that get you to where you are going. You’re not the one that’s dragging them. They’re pushing you. So what you need to do is to give them your vision, then let them tell you how they think you can get there and put that together as a plan and move out. It’s really about giving people an idea of where they need to be, where we want to be in the future and then letting them decide how we’re going to get there. If you’ve got good people, you’ll get there.”