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Donna Shalala, Former Clinton Cabinet Secretary, Suffers Stroke

Former President Bill Clinton said in a statement that Shalala suffered a stroke following a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Donna Shalala, a former cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton and president and CEO of the Clinton Foundation, has suffered a stroke.

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Donna Shalala with Bob Dole in 2007.Alex Wong / Getty Images

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 spinoff organization which seeks solutions to international problems. Its 2015 meeting began Saturday in New York.

The Clintons said "fortunately, she was with colleagues at the time," and was taken to a hospital. "Initial reports are very encouraging."

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.