President Shalala Tapped to Lead Clinton Foundation

Bill Clinton made the announcement at the opening of the Clinton Global Initiative University event Friday night.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 06, 2015) — For University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, her old boss has come knocking again.

In front of an audience of thousands at the opening of the Clinton Global Initiative University on the UM campus Friday night, former President Bill Clinton announced that Shalala is being recruited to head the Clinton Foundation.

“She’s a remarkable person,” Clinton said of Shalala, who served for eight years in Clinton’s cabinet as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Clinton said Shalala’s appointment as president and chief executive officer of the foundation has the full support of him, his wife Hillary, and their daughter Chelsea, but has to be voted on by the board of directors. "I think they'll vote for her," he said. "I think anyone who has the chance would vote for her."

Chelsea Clinton, who is vice chair of the foundation, referred to Shalala as an “extraordinary leader” in her opening remarks at the BankUnited Center.

Shalala announced in September that she is stepping down as president of the University of Miami at the end of this academic year, ending a 14-year tenure.

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Former President Bill Clinton made the announcement at the opening of the Clinton Global Initiative University event Friday night.

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