|Description:||Arkansas Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, later the U.S. Surgeon General (1993 - 1994), is shown here addressing Centers for Disease Control staff at the annual Joseph W. Mountin Lecture in November, 1991.|
In 1987, Dr. Elders was appointed Director of the Arkansas Department of Health by then-Governor Bill Clinton. In 1992, she was elected President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. Elders became Surgeon General of the Public Health Service on September 8, 1993, appointed by President Clinton. She was the first African American to serve in the position.