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Donna Shalala

Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 14, 1941(age 75)
Place of birthCleveland, Ohio
Political partyDemocrat
Alma materWestern College for Women
Syracuse University
ReligionMaronite Catholic
5th President of the University of Miami
Assumed officeJune 1, 2001
Succeeded byIncumbent
Preceded byEdward T. Foote II
18th Secretary of Health and Human Services
In officeJanuary 22, 1993 - January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Succeeded byTommy Thompson
Preceded byLouis W. Sullivan
Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
In office1988 - 1993
Succeeded byDavid Ward
Preceded byBernard Cecil Cohen

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Donna Edna Shalala (c-eniconʃəˈleɪlə ; born February 14, 1941) served for eight years as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton and has been president of the University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, Florida, since 2001. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush in June 2008.


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