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Sullivan Leaving FSSA, Rusyniak Named New Secretary

Courtesy of the governor's office

Indiana will have a new head of its Family and Social Services Administration come August. Current Secretary Dr. Jennifer Sullivan announced Wednesday she is leaving the agency.

Sullivan served as FSSA chief for four and a half years, with about two years as deputy health commissioner before that. Her tenure as FSSA secretary is the longest of any person since that agency was created three decades ago.

In a statement, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Sullivan “tackled some of the most complex issues the state has ever dealt with.” He said she “dedicated herself” to improving Hoosiers’ lives and that he’ll “never be able to say thank you enough.”

Holcomb also named Dr. Dan Rusyniak as Sullivan’s replacement. Rusyniak is currently the chief medical officer at FSSA. He became a somewhat familiar face to many Hoosiers over the last year, serving as the state’s point person for nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sullivan is leaving state government – and the state itself – to become senior vice president at Atrium Health, a health care system in North Carolina.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.