Pace University announces University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala to receive honorary degree and speak at 2012 graduate commencement ceremony
NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2012 – Donna E. Shalala, Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami, will receive an honorary degree at Pace University’s graduate commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16 at Radio City
Music Hall in New York City, 4:00 p.m.
“We are delighted to have Donna Shalala as a speaker and honorary degree recipient at our commencement ceremony for graduate students this year,” said Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace. “Dr. Shalala’s career is an outstanding example of public service, scholarship and academic leadership, all at the highest levels. She is sure to inspire our graduates.”
Shalala became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001. She has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. During her tenure, UM has solidified its position among top U.S. research universities. Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, one of the first billion-dollar capital campaigns completed in the United States, raised $1.4 billion in private support for the university’s endowment, academic and research programs and facilities. In February 2012, the University publicly launched its second billion-dollar
campaign, Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, which has raised more than $906
million to date.
In 1993 President Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. At the end of her tenure as HHS Secretary, The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”
She served in the Carter administration from 1977-80 as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 2007, President George W. Bush handpicked Shalala to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, to evaluate how wounded service members transition from active duty to civilian society. In 2009 she was appointed chair of the Committee on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
She has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations; National Academy of Education; the National Academy of Public Administration; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; the National Academy
of Social Insurance; the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shalala received her A.B. degree in history from Western College for Women. One of the country’s
first Peace Corps Volunteers, she served in Iran from 1962 to 1964. She earned her Ph.D. degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987 and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.
For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.
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