Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who previously served in the position for over a decade, between 1992-2003, will take over the role from acting director Hugh Hurwitz, who has been temporarily serving in the position since May of previous year.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in a statement that she made the suicide determination "after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings".
Following the death of billionaire and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody, Attorney General William Barr announced a shakeup of leadership at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on Monday.
A statement from Barr gave no specific reason for the reassignment.
He ordered bureau last Tuesday to temporarily reassign the warden, Lamine N'Diaye, to a regional office and the two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were placed on administrative leave.
Her appointment comes nine days after Epstein, a financier who circulated in powerful political circles, killed himself in the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center while he was supposedly under close monitoring following an earlier suicide attempt.
"This is a good start, but it's not the end", Sasse said.
"During this critical juncture, I am confident Dr. Hawk Sawyer and Dr. Kane will lead BOP with the competence, skill, and resourcefulness they have embodied throughout their government careers", Barr said. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.
Those guards on Epstein's unit failed to check on him every half hour, as required, and are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they had, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Barr is appointing Kathleen Hawk Sawyer to the position of director.
The senators had a variety of concerns about the operations of federal prisons, ranging from the safety of inmates and correctional officers to more parochial issues such as the effects of prison manufacturing businesses on local industry. He named another former agency official, Thomas Kane, to serve as her deputy. Hawk Sawyer served as director for more than 10 years starting in 1992, and Kane has served as acting director. "Jeffrey Epstein should still be in a padded cell and under constant surveillance, but the justice system has failed Epstein's victims at every turn".