Donna E. Shalala

Professor Emerita (Adjunct)

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An accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator, former University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala personifies outstanding leadership and dedication to public service. During her tenure as president, the University of Miami advanced into the top tier of U.S. research universities.

Shalala received her A.B. degree from Western College for Women and Ph.D. degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She served as president of Hunter College from 1980 to 1987 and as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.

Shalala was assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter administration. In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Shalala was appointed by President George W. Bush to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, and in 2008 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. In 2009, she was appointed chair of the Committee on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.



1970Ph.D. , Syracuse University, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
1962A.B. , Western College for Women

Professional Experience

2001 - 2015President, University of Miami
1993 - 2001Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1987 - 1993Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1980 - 1987President, 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
1972 - 1979Associate Professor and Chair, Program in Politics and Education, Columbia University Teachers College

Honors & Acknowledgements

Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award, 2014
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sand in My Shoes Award, 2014
Beacon Council Jay Malina Award, 2013
National Women’s Hall of Fame, 2011
National League for Nursing President’s Award for National Leadership and Public Service, 2011
Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011
Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, 2010
Helen Manzer Award, The New York University College of Nursing, 2010
International Women’s Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame Award, 2009
Dole Leadership Prize, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, 2009
Presidential Medal of Freedom, United States President George W. Bush, 2008
Radcliffe Medal, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2008
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Ellis Island Family Heritage Award in Education, 2008
University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research, Urban Leadership Award, 2008
Images in Excellence Award, Black Coaches Association, 2007
Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, 2005
The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Silver Medallion Award for Service to Humanity, 2005
American Association of Colleges of Nursing John P. McGovern Award, 2003
Harvard Business School Club Leadership Award, 2003
City of Miami, Miami Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) Award, 2003
Richard and Dorothy Lear Distinguished Educator Award, 2003
National Parkinson Foundation Award for the Support of Health Initiatives, 2003
The Black Business Association Leadership Award, 2002
The Boys and Girls Person of the Year Award, 2002
University of California San Francisco Medal, 2002
Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame—Dick Enberg Award, 2002
League of Women Voters – Distinguished Leader Award for a Lifetime of Public Service, 2000