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Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:48 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi 

Miami president Donna Shalala is not having a pleasant couple of days recently. Her school has been besieged by the Yahoo! Sports report of former booster (and convicted embezzler) Nevin Shapiro detailing the litany of NCAA violations committed with the football and basketball teams. Even Shapiro's attorney doesn't think Shalala knew about the violations as they were being committed, but the picture of Shalala grinning at a $50,000 check (of Ponzi-earned money, as it would turn out) presented to her and basketball coach Frank Haith at a fundraiser is now one of the most indelible images of the scandal.

Clearly, Shalala had to say something, and here is the statement her office issued Wednesday, in full.

August 17, 2011

To the University Community:

Since its founding more than 85 years ago, the University of Miami has stood for excellence in higher education in every endeavor, every degree, and every student. Our more than 15,000 students, on three campuses in 11 schools and colleges, and over 150,000 alumni expect our core values to remain steadfast and true in times of extraordinary achievement as well as those rare times when those values are called into question.

As a member of the University family, I am upset, disheartened, and saddened by the recent allegations leveled against some current and past student-athletes and members of our Athletic Department. Make no mistake—I regard these allegations with the utmost of seriousness and understand the concern of so many of you. We will vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead, and I have insisted upon complete, honest, and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students. Our counsel is working jointly with the NCAA Enforcement Division in a thorough and meticulous investigation, which will require our patience.

I am in daily communication with our Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Director of Athletics, and counsel, and will continue to work closely with the leaders of our University.

To our students, parents, faculty, alumni, and supporters—I encourage you to have patience as the process progresses; to have confidence in knowing that we are doing everything possible to discover the truth; to have faith in the many outstanding student-athletes and coaches who represent the University; and to have pride in what our University has accomplished and aspires to be. 


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:11 am

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:47 am

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

Daveyk51 is absolutely correct. The University is much larger than the football program. It's a private, nationally and internationally recognized and acclaimed academic institution first and foremost. The school has continuously risen in national and international academic rankings in her 10 years of tenure, as well as accumulated over $1.4 billion in private fundraising for academic programs. Shalala does her job as President very well, despite what some of those who only have knowledge of the sports aspects of the University may assert. Contending that a University President should be fired because a single college football booster threw money (albeit, an alleged truckload of it) at athletes is myopic, inane, and illogical at best.

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:34 pm

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

Shalala should be fired, she is a horrible university president and has been shady since she was a cronie for Bill Clinton.  Forget any death penalty just fire her.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:26 pm

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

The good news is that Donna can look at Shapiro eye to eye (when not looking at the check).

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:59 pm

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

She is actually an incredibly good college president. This is a mess but she would not have permitted anything like this if she knew.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:35 pm

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

Donna Edna, you're as worthless a university president as your were Secretary of Health and Human Services for President Clinton.  This happened on your watch, and you don't even have the guts to own this scandle.  Just go back to the Cleveland rat hole you climbed out of.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:29 pm

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

Academics are more important than athletics. Don't expect to see the president of a rising University step down over a football booster. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:17 pm

Donna Shalala issues statement on Shapiro report

Whatever Donna.  We will patiently await your letter of resignation.  Have a nice day. 

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