Donna Shalala

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Donna Shalala, full Donna Edna Shalala (Arabic: دونا شلالا; born February 14, 1941, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami since June 1, 2001. She served for eight years as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Bill Clinton, the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. Shalala also served in the Carter administration from 1977-80 as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.[1] In 2008, President George W. Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor.[2]


  • PhD, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1970.
  • BA, Western College for Women, 1962.


  • National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York (2011).
  • Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights (2010)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2008)
  • Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report (2005)
  • Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award (1994)
  • Named one of the top five managers in higher education by Business Week (1992)
  • National Public Service Award (1992)


  1. President Donna E. Shalala’s Biography University of Miami. Accessed November 8, 2013
  2. Congressional Record U.S. Government Printing Office. Accessed November 8, 2013

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