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Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility with Donna Shalala

Maxwell Auditorium

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Donna Shalala; '70 PhD (SSc) Former President of the University of Miami;and President and Chief Executive Officer for the Clinton Foundation

"Ethical Leadership in Higher Education: Who Wants This Job Anymore?"

Donna E. Shalala is President and CEO of the Clinton Foundation.  Previously, she served as President of the University of Miami, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and President of Hunter College of the City University of New York.  From 1993 to 2001 she served in the Clinton Administration as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history.  She had previously served in the Carter Administration as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Shalala received her A.B. degree from Western College for Women, and earned her Ph.D. from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  She has held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Miami. 

Other notable positions include Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran from 1962 to 1964 (she was one of the first volunteers), Co-chair of the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, and member of the Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on the Emerging Global Health Crisis.

Dr. Shalala has received numerous significant national and international awards for her varied public service.  Among these are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nelson Mandala Award for Health and Human Rights, the National Public Service Award, induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year, U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Leaders, and the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.  She has been elected to seven national academic academies and the Council on Foreign Relations, and has received more than four dozen honorary degrees.



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