Donna Shalala

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Donna Edna Shalala (/ʃəˈllə/ shə-LAY-lə; born February 14, 1941) was the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. She was the president of the University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, Florida, from 2001 through 2015. Previously she was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1993. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the nation's highest civilian honor by President George W. Bush in June 2008. Shalala currently serves as Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami, and had been President of the Clinton Foundation until March 2017.

Shalala was born in Cleveland, Ohio of Maronite Catholic Lebanese descent the daughter of Edna Smith and James Abraham Shalala. She has a twin sister Diane Fritel. She graduated from West Technical High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1962 from Western College for Women; which in 1976 merged with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

From 1962 to 1964 she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran. While there she worked with other volunteers to construct an agricultural college.

In 1970 she earned a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in Syracuse New York.

Shalala began her teaching career as a political science professor at Baruch College (part of CUNY), where she also was a member of the American Federation of Teachers union. In 1972 Shalala became a professor of politics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, a job she held until 1979. Concurrently, from 1977 to 1980, she served as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter Administration.

Shalala's first experience with academic administration came on October 8, 1980 when she became the 10th president of Hunter College, serving in this capacity until 1988.

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