UM Athletic Director Blake James released the following statement on the announcement.
“It is hard to imagine the University of Miami without Donna Shalala. She has meant so much to the U Family over the past fourteen years and has been a tremendous visionary, leader and friend to our students, faculty, staff and alumni around the world. President Shalala has been instrumental in our Athletics resurgence and has been our biggest supporter. Though her departure will be a loss, we are a better university because of her. She has been a friend and mentor to me and I wish her the very best in the future.”