Donna E. Shalala

Thomas Hunter

Joseph A. Gillet

Edward Sanford Burgess

George Samler Davis

James Michael Kieran

Eugene A. Colligan

George Nauman Shuster

Eleanor Hunsdon Grady

John Meng

Mary Latimer Gambrell

Robert D. Cross

F. Joachim Weyl

Jacqueline Grennan Wexler

Joseph Shenker

Donna E. Shalala

Tilden John LeMelle

Paul LeClerc

Blanche Davis Blank

David Armand Caputo

Evangelos John Gizis

Jennifer J. Raab

Order:  10th

Dates:  1980 - 1988

Educator and urbanist, Dr. Shalala came to Hunter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research during the Carter years.  A native of Ohio, her participation in the civic life of the City began while she was chair of the Program in Politics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia: she was appointed a director and treasurer of the Municipal Assistance Corporation, the body that helped to rescue the City during the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s.

During her tenure, the College’s spirit and physical plant were renewed.  The twin towers were built; the Social Work and Brookdale buildings were renovated, grant and award funds leaped from $2.5 to $11 million; graduate enrollments rose; hirings often exceeded affirmative action and equal opportunity goals; an employee assistance program was introduced; a student services program, including an expanded athletic program and a child care center, was established; and academic support and retention strategies began to have an impact on the diverse student body.  Her “humanizing” strategy brought national recognition and a strong sense of community to the College.