Donna Edna Shalala (/born February 14, 1941) is the former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. She was the president of the University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, Florida, from 2001 through 2015. Previously, she was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1993. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush in June 2008. Shalala was selected to lead the Clinton Foundation after she leaves the University of Miami.
Shalala was born in Cleveland, Ohio, of Maronite Catholic Lebanese descent, to Edna Smith and James Abraham Shalala. She has a twin sister, Diane Fritel. She graduated from West Tech High School and received her bachelor's degree in 1962 from Western College for Women, which in 1976, merged with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1962–64, where she worked with other volunteers to construct an agricultural college...
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