Donna E. Shalala
Secretary of Health and Human Services
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Donna E. Shalala, U.S. Secretary of Health
and Human Services, has been a scholar, educational administrator and a public servant for
her entire career.
She was confirmed by the U.S.
Senate on January 22, 1993 to lead the federal government's principal agency for
protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. With a
Fiscal Year 1997 budget of approximately $354 billion and 59,000 employees, HHS
administers a wide variety of programs including Medicare, Medicaid and almost all of the
federal welfare and children's programs.
As Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from
1988-1993, she was the first woman to head a Big Ten University. Prior to that, she served
as president of Hunter College at the City University of New York for eight years, and as
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and
Urban Development during the Carter Administration.
A leading scholar on the political economy of state and
local governments Dr. Shalala has held tenured professorships at Columbia, CUNY and
Wisconsin. From 1962-1964, she served in the Peace Corps in Iran.
Secretary Shalala has a long history of forging
public/private partnerships. From 1975 to 1977, she served as director and treasurer of
the Municipal Assistance Corporation, the organization that helped reverse New York's
financial collapse. She has been a director of the American Stock Exchange, TIMCREF and M
& I Bank of Wisconsin.
As a member of the Committee for Economic Development, she
contributed to bipartisan reports on the basic health, welfare and educational needs of
our youngest children.
At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Shalala administered
the nation's largest public research university. During her tenure at UW, she helped to
raise over $400 million for the university's endowment and spearheaded a $225 million
State-private partnerships program to renovate and add to the university's research
facilities for its world class scientists.
In 1992 BusinessWeek named her one of the top five
managers in higher education. An expert on TQM she is considered one of the most
experienced and successful public managers in the country.
Since taking the helm at HHS, Secretary Shalala has shifted
the focus of the Department to the everyday needs of all Americans. She is a leader
in the administration's efforts to reform the nation's welfare system and improve health
care while containing health costs. She is also carrying out management
restructuring and reform at HHS, under the Vice President's initiative to "reinvent
government," aimed at improving efficiency and service to constituents.
In announcing her appointment, then President-elect Clinton
noted her "astonishing leadership abilities--and her love of mountain climbing.
Of all the mountains Donna Shalala has scaled, HHS may be the highest."
Nominated: January 20, 1993
Sworn-in: January 22, 1993
Born: February 14, 1941, Cleveland, Ohio
B.A.: Western College for Women, 1962
Ph.D.: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse
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