Donna E. Shalala

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Donna E. Shalala is Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami. She served as President of the Clinton Foundation from June 2015 to March 2017; President of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015; President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987; and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. A leading political scientist, she has held professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin.

One of the most honored academics of her generation, she has been elected to seven national academies: the National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Medicine.

President Clinton nominated Donna as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1993, and she served in that post for eight years. In 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Donna served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran from 1962 to 1964. In 2010, she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, recognizing her dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally.

Dr. Shalala received her A.B. in history from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.