The Clinton Foundation March 11 announced that Donna E. Shalala, President of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), will join the Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Donna has more than 30 years of experience improving communities and changing lives for the better – as a scholar, leader in health care, and university president. We are excited that she intends to join the Clinton Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer after she completes her final year as President of the University of Miami," said Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton. "Her leadership will enable the Clinton Foundation to build on our nearly 15 years of helping millions of people around the world live their best life story, and we have no doubt that she will be a great asset in strengthening the Clinton Foundation’s future."
Shalala, who has served as Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami since 2001, announced last September that she would step down on June 1, 2015, at the end of the current school year. During her 14 year tenure as President of the University of Miami, the University has solidified its position among the top research universities in the nation and she has led two successful billion-dollar fundraising campaigns at UM raising nearly $3 billion.
Shalala previously served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. In 2007, President George W. Bush recognized her extraordinary public service with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. She has also received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award, and she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. She co-chaired with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors and chaired the Committee on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.