AB, Western College, 1962. MSSC, Syracuse University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1970.
44 honorary degrees, 1976—2008.
Volunteer United States Peace Corps, Iran, 1962-1964. Assistant professor political science Bernard M. Baruch City University of New York, 1970-1972. Associate professor, chair, program in politics & education Teachers College Columbia University, 1972-1979.
Assistant secretary for policy development & research United States Department Housing & Urban Development (Housing and Urban Development), Washington, 1977-1980. Professor political science, president Hunter College, City University of New York, 1980-1987. Professor political science & educational policy studies, chancellor University Wisconsin, Madison, 1987-1993.
Secretary United States Department Health & Human Services (Department of Health and Human Services), Washington, 1993-2001. President University Miami, since 2001, professor political science, since 2001, secondary faculty, department epidemiology, since 2002. Director, treasurer Municipal Assistance Corporation New York City, 1975—1977.
Visiting professor Yale Law School, 1976. Co-chair President Commission on Care for American Returning Wounded Warriors, since 2007. Board directors Lennar Corporation, since 2001, Gannett Company, Inc, since 2001, MEDNAX, Inc., since 2010.
Member Trilateral Commission, 1988—1992, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports, 1989—1991, Homes for Working Families, 2004—2008. Board governors American Stock Exchange, 1981—1987. Trustee TIAA, 1985—1989, Committee Economic Development, 1982—1992, Brookings Institute, 1989—1992, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, 1993—2001, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001—2011.
Board directors Children's Defense Fund, 1980—1993, American Ditchley Foundation, 1981—1993, Spencer Foundation, 1988—1992, M&I Bank of Madison, 1991—1992, National Collegiate Athletic Association Foundation, 1991, Institute International Economics, since 1981, Gannett Company, Inc., McLean, Virginia, since 2001, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, 2001—2008, United Health Group, Inc., Minneapolis, 2001—2007, Lennar Corporation, Miami, since 2001, United States Soccer Federation, since 2008. Co-chair (with Ann Veneman) Mother's Day Every Day, since 2009. Fellow American Academy Political & Social Science, Institute Medicine (council member), National Academy Public Administration.
Member American Society for Public Administration (National Public Service award, 1992), American Political Science Association(vice president 1984-1985, Annual Career Achievement award for Distinguished Scholarships in Urban Politics, 1992, Hubert Humphrey award, 1994), National Academy Social Insurance, American Academy Arts & Sciences, Council Foreign Relations, American Philosophical Society, Society for Women's Health Research, Japan Society(Leadership Fellow, 1987), National Academy Education.