Deborah Hersman, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board since 2004, announced she is leaving to lead the National Safety Council. She will continue at the NTSB until April 25 when Board vice chairman Christopher Hart will assume the role of acting chairman, the agency said.
"It has been an honor to be associated with a noble mission that has at times inspired and evoked passion and at other times been in the crosshairs of controversy, as real change doesn't come without a cost," Hersman said in a statement.
She traveled to the scene of more than 20 accidents, including the crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco last July. Her name had been on a short list of potential nominees to head the Department of Transportation before President Obama last year selected Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx.
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental service organization founded in 1913.
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