Former Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell will become the first woman to lead American University in Washington, D.C., according to spokeswoman Camille Lepre. Burwell, who lives in the district, will succeed Neil Kerwin as president and assumes her responsibilities on June 1.
Burwell joined HHS in 2014, the first year that the new marketplaces began providing benefits to consumers. She took over from Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the rocky debut of the exchanges. Sebelius was in charge when the federal website HealthCare.gov, which many states relied on to enroll people, initially did not work during its October 2013 launch. Burwell worked on stabilizing the marketplaces and accelerating a shift in programs such as Medicare toward alternative pay models that incentivized medical providers to offer more coordinated health care to patients.