Donna Shalala

Before her appointment as president of the University of Miami in 2001, Donna Shalala served as secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under then-President Clinton. In 2007, President Bush appointed Shalala and former Senator Bob Dole as co-chairs of a commission to investigate problems uncovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Shalala was given the 1992 National Public Service Award, the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award, and in 2005 was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S.News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Bush in 2008.