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    Donna E. Shalala
    (By Bill O'Leary
    for The Washington Post)
    Donna E. Shalala
    Health and Human Services Secretary

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    Background from The Post

    Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala was one of the most controversial Clinton Cabinet nominees – one who had been branded by critics as being too liberal and politically correct. While she was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the school adopted a speech code banning hate speech, and she introduced a plan to more than double the number of new minority undergraduates. A federal judge ruled the speech code unconstitutional; critics said the minority recruitment plan could lead to admission decisions based on race. During her tenure at HHS, Shalala has fought for more funding for AIDS research and the National Institutes of Health and for welfare reform. While the Medicare trust fund issue looms, Shalala will likely continue focusing on anti-tobacco and anti-drug initiatives.

    Sworn in: Jan. 22, 1993 (nominated Jan. 20, 1993, confirmed Jan. 22, 1993)

    Succeeded: Louis W. Sullivan, in the Bush administration

    Previous occupation: Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988-93; president of Hunter College at the City University of New York for eight years; assistant secretary for policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1977-80; member, Committee for Economic Development; director at the American Stock Exchange, TIAA-CREF and M and I Bank of Wisconsin; director and treasurer of the Municipal Assistance Corp., the organization that helped reverse New York's financial collapse, 1975-77; tenured professorships at Columbia, CUNY and the University of Wisconsin; Peace Corps, Iran, 1962-64.

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

    Hometown: Cleveland

    Date of Birth: Feb. 14, 1941

    Of note: Shalala, who served with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on the board of the Children's Defense Fund, was the first woman to head a Big Ten University.

    Department of Health and Human Services
    200 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, D.C. 20201
    (202) 619-0257
    FAX: (202) 690-5673

    Background from The Post

    Puncturing an AIDS Initiative
    April 23, 1998
    Panel Outlines Protections For Health Care Consumers
    Oct. 23, 1997
    HHS Proposes Standards for Medical File Privacy
    Sept. 12, 1997
    In Clinton Ritual, Key Advisers Hold Clashing Views on Tobacco Deal
    Sept. 8, 1997
    Shalala Outlines Approach to Medicare
    Oct. 10, 1996
    Chief of HHS Objects To Governors' Proposal
    Feb. 29, 1996
    Shalala: A Lifetime Spent in the Center of Storms
    Jan. 14, 1993
    Shalala: No 'New Democrat'
    Jan. 8, 1993

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