Former UM president Donna Shalala suffers stroke

Donna Shalala stepped down as UM president last month after 14 years.
Donna Shalala stepped down as UM president last month after 14 years.

Former University of Miami president Donna Shalala suffered a stroke Tuesday night after a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

Shalala, 74, stepped down from her UM post earlier this month. She is a former Cabinet secretary and CEO of the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton issued a statement saying the 74-year-old Shalala was stricken Tuesday evening following a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation's spin-off organization that seeks solutions to international problems. Its 2015 meeting began Saturday in New York.

"Fortunately she was with colleagues at the time and taken to the hospital for treatment," Bill and Chelsea Clinton said. "Initial reports are very encouraging."

She was alert and making jokes in the hospital, the New York Times reported.

Shalala took over at the Clinton Foundation this year. She became president of the University of Miami after serving eight years as Health and Human Services Secretary. She also was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin and president of Hunter College in New York.

She served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services while Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001, and stepped down as UM president Aug. 16 after 14 years. She was succeeded at UM by Julio Frenk.

"The University of Miami family is keeping former president Donna Shalala in our thoughts," the school said on Twitter. "We are praying for her full recovery.

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