University of Miami President to Step Down

Donna Shalala, a trailblazer in the academic and business worlds has announced that she will be stepping down from her current position of President of the University of Miami. Shalala made her retirement announcement yesterday saying that she plans to step down at the end of the 2014 – 2015 school year.

Shalala wrote a letter to the university community in which she said, “A long time ago a friend advised me to always leave a job when you still love it. That is certainly the case here.”

Shalala has been with the University of Miami since 2001 after she left her eight year position as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during the time that President Clinton was in office. She also worked for many years as the president of Hunter College of the City University of New York and also as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

During her time at UM, she has really done a lot for the school. After her arrival in 2001, Shalala started a fundraising drive that brought in roughly $1.4 billion for the school. She started another fundraising drive in 2012 with a goal of $1.6 million dollar. As a result of all her hard work UM has seen tremendous growth and a rise in the national rankings.

Our hats go off to Donna Shalala!

Morris, C. (2014, September 8). President Donna Shalala to Step Down at University of Miami. Retrieved September 9, 2014, from

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