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Donna E. Shalala

President Shalala in the News

Donna E. Shalala became the fifth President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001. President Shalala is an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator whose career has been marked by a variety of leadership positions reflecting her interest in young people. She also is a big sports fan!

Shalala was influenced by her mother, Edna, a former nationally ranked tennis player, while growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending college, she played tennis and still plays a competitive game of doubles. She also enjoys golf, skiing and other outdoor activities.

In 1987 President Shalala, a distinguished political scientist, became the first woman chancellor of a Big Ten university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She led what was then the nation’s largest public research university, raising more than $400 million for the endowment, and spearheaded a $225 million state-private partnership program to renovate and add to the university’s research facilities.

In 1992 Business Week magazine named her one of the top five managers in higher education.

Ken Dorsey, President Donna Shalala, and Alex Rodriguez
Ken Dorsey and Alex Rodriguez with President Donna Shalala at a recent football game.

President Shalala’s success at Wisconsin was reflected in athletics as well. She hired a new football coach, recruiting Barry Alvarez from Notre Dame. Four years later, Wisconsin won the Big Ten football championship and represented its conference in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 30 years. President Shalala served on the first Knight Commission, a committee to review college athletics, and has served on the board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Foundation.

In 1993 Shalala was named U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) and served for eight years, becoming the nation’s longest-serving HHS Secretary. She was an active member of the Washington, D.C., community, participating in events to benefit the arts including serving as a member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.

P-Diddy and President Donna Shalala
P-Diddy and President Donna Shalala at a recent football game.

In 1999 she spearheaded the United Way campaign for federal employees that raised a record $44 million for local and national charities. Last year she led the official U.S. delegation to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. At the end of her tenure as HHS Secretary, The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”

As president of the University of Miami, President Shalala presides over one of the most successful college athletic programs in the country. The Hurricanes football program consistently ranks in the top of the polls. Last spring the baseball team won its fourth College World Series. And, in 2003 the men and women’s basketball team will play in a new, on-campus facility, the Convocation Center. Other Hurricane sports-from golf to tennis-have also earned national recognition.

For a sports fan like President Shalala, there is no better place to call home than the University of Miami.

Career Highlights

2001-President, Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
1993-2000Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1987-1993Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1980-1987President, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1977-1980Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
1975-1977Director and Treasurer of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York
1972-1979Professor and Chair, Program in Politics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
1970Ph.D. Syracuse University
1962-1964U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Iran
1962A.B. Western College for Women