President, Clinton Foundation
Donna E. Shalala is President and CEO of the Clinton Foundation. She is on leave as the Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami. She served as President of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015; as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987, and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. President Clinton nominated her as Secretary for 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, Shalala served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1962-64. A leading political scientist, she has also 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 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; the National Academy of Political and Social Science; the National Academy of Social Insurance; the National Academy of Education; and the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Shalala received her A.B. in history from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
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