Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala to Lead Clinton Foundation

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala has been tapped to run the Clinton Foundation as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for her expected 2016 presidential campaign and the philanthropy faces scrutiny of its fundraising practices.

Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that he had chosen Shalala, the outgoing president of the University of Miami, to serve as the next president and chief executive officer of the sprawling philanthropy. He announced his choice during a weekend meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University in Coral Gables, Florida.

“I don’t know in my long life that I ever worked with anybody who had quite the combination of policy knowledge and concern, political skills, a personal touch with people, a sense of innate fairness,” the former president said. “She’s a remarkable person.”

Clinton said he would recommend Shalala’s appointment to the foundation’s board and that she had the full support of the Clinton family.

Shalala served as secretary of Health and Human Services under Bill Clinton for eight years and became the university’s president in 2001. A prodigious fundraiser, she has raised nearly $3 billion during her 14-year tenure and is expected to begin leading the foundation in June. Her selection was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.