Donna E. Shalala, PhD

Dr. Shalala is the president of the Clinton Foundation. Previously, she served as president of the University of Miami and professor of political science. She served as president of Hunter College of CUNY from 1980 to 1987, and as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. In 1993, President Clinton nominated her as secretary for health and human services, a position she held 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, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1962 to 1964. Dr. Shalala is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Shalala received her bachelor’s degree in history from Western College for Women and her doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from AUB in 2012.​