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Donna Shalala

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Donna Shalala

Donna Edna Shalala (born February 14, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio) served as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton. She now serves as president of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

As Clinton's Secretary of Health and Human Services, she frequently drew significant criticism from political conservatives and moderates for her liberal ideology. Shalala was also known for her fervent anti-drug stance, saying: "Marijuana is illegal, dangerous, unhealthy, and wrong," though critics contend the drug enforcement efforts of the Clinton administration were not particularly effective and that rhetoric of this sort was designed merely to deflect criticism of that policy failure.

Prior to her membership in the Clinton cabinet, she was Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin.

Shalala received her bachelors degree from Miami University's Western College Program in Oxford, Ohio and her doctorate degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

She is of Arab American ancestry.

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Preceded by:
Louis W. Sullivan
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
1993–2001
Succeeded by:
Tommy Thompson

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Preceded by:
Tad Foote
President of the University of Miami
2002-Present
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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