Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala suffered a stroke Tuesday evening shortly after the end of the charity's signature annual event, the Clinton Global Initiative gathering in New York, reports The New York Times. The foundation said in a statement that the 74-year-old former University of Miami president was hospitalized after falling ill following the conference's closing ceremonies.
In an email to the organization's staff, former President Bill Clinton and foundation vice chairwoman Chelsea Clinton said initial reports on Ms. Shalala's condition "are very encouraging." Mr. Clinton visited the foundation chief after she underwent surgery and found her alert and able to communicate, according to a person briefed on the discussion.
Ms. Shalala, who served as secretary of health and human services in the Clinton's administration, was hired to lead the foundation in March after more than a decade on the Miami campus. Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on her first months with the organization and the kickoff of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative.