Penn Advises the President:
Alumni, Faculty and Trustees Who Have Served as U.S. Cabinet Officers or in Other Notable Presidential Appointments

This roster of top-level advisors to the President of the United States is aarranged by surname in alphabetical order from A to Z. This list has been researched, compiled and presented by Scott W. Hawley (B.A., 1992; B.S. in Econ., 1992) in partnership with the University Archives and Records Center. Submitted May 2002; published August 2002.



Shirley S. CHATERUniversity of Pennsylvania, B.S. in N., 1956 (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and Hon. L.H.D., 1997 (Doctor of Humane Letters); Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, 1993-1997; living.
William T. COLEMAN, Jr.Born 1920; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1941 (Bachelor of Arts); Secretary of Transportation, 1975-1977; living.
Alexander James DALLASBorn 1759; Trustee. University of Pennsylvania, 1794-1817; Secretary of the Treasury, 1814-1816; died 1817.
John H. DALTONBorn 1941; University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A., 1971 (Master of Business Administration, Wharton School); Secretary of Navy, 1993-1998; living.
John DIIULIOBorn 1958; University of Pennsylvania, A.B. and A.M. (Master of Arts), 1980; Frederick Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, 1999-present; Director of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, 2000-2001; living.
James B. EDWARDSBorn 1927; Attended Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1957-1958, but did not earn a degree; Secretary of Energy, 1981-1982; Governor of South Carolina, 1975-1979; living.
William R. FERRISBorn 1942; University of Pennsylvania, A.M., 1967 and Ph.D., 1969 (Doctor of Philosophy); Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1997-2000; living.
Thomas Knight FINLETTERBorn 1893; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1915, LL.B., 1920 (Bachelor of Laws), and Hon. LL.D., 1950 (Doctor of Laws); Secretary of the Air Force, 1950-1953; died 1980.

Barbara Hackman FRANKLINBorn 1940; Senior Fellow and Director of Public Policy Fellowship Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1979-1988; Secretary of Commerce, 1992-1993; living.
Lindley Miller GARRISON Born 1864; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1886; Secretary of War, 1913-1916; died 1932.
Thomas Sovereign GATES, Jr.Born 1906; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1928; Secretary of Defense, 1959-1960; Secretary of the Navy, 1957-1959; died 1983.
Henry Dilworth GILPINBorn 1801; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1819; Attorney-General of the United States, 1840-1841; died 1860.
Sheldon HACKNEYBorn 1933; University of Pennsylvania, Hon. LL.D., 1993; President of the University of Pennsylvania, 1981-1993; Professor of United States History, 1997-present; Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1993-1997; living.
C. Everett KOOPBorn 1916; University of Pennsylvania, Sc.D. (Med.), 1947 (Doctor of Medical Science, Graduate School of Medicine) and Hon. Sc.D., 1990 (Doctor of Science); Instructor in Surgery, 1941-1948; Associate in Surgery, 1948-1950; Assistant Professor of Surgery, 1950-1952; Associate Professor of Surgery, 1952-1959; Professor of Surgery, 1959-1971; Professor of Pediatrics, 1971-1981; Surgeon-General of the United States, 1981-1989; living.
Ann McLaughlin KOROLOGOSBorn 1941; Attended Executive MBA Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1986-1987, but did not earn a degree; Secretary of Labor, 1987-1989; living.
John LEHMANBorn 1942; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1974; Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987; living.
Frances PERKINSBorn 1882; Attended University of Pennsylvania Graduate School, 1908-1909; Secretary of Labor, 1933-1945; died 1965.

Donald T. REGANBorn 1918; University of Pennsylvania, Hon. LL.D., 1972; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1970-1981; Secretary of the Treasury, 1981-1985; Chief of Staff of the President of the United States, 1985-1987; living.
Caesar Augustus RODNEYBorn 1772; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1789; Delaware representative to the U.S. Congress, 1803-1805; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1822-1823; Attorney-General of the United States, 1807-1811; died 1824.
Luther Leonidas TERRYBorn 1911; Vice President of Medical Affairs, 1965-1975 and Professor of Medicine, 1966-1981 at the University of Pennsylvania; Surgeon-General of the United States, 1961-1965; died 1985.
Rexford G. TUGWELLBorn 1891; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1915 (Bachelor of Science in Economics, Wharton School), A.M., 1916, Ph.D., 1922, and Hon. LL.D., 1971; Instructor in Economics, 1915-1917; Undersecretary of Agriculture for the Resettlement Administration, 1933-1936; Governor of Puerto Rico, 1941-1946; died 1979.
Robert John WALKERBorn 1801; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1819; Secretary of the Treasury, 1845-1849; died 1869.
George W. WICKERSHAMBorn 1858; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1880 and Hon. A.M., 1891; Attorney-General of the United States, 1909-1913; died 1936.



Photograph of Barbara Hackman Franklin
Barbara Hackman Franklin (1940- )


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Note to the reader:
All abbreviations and phrases used in the standard entries below are intended to be self-explanatory. The editors have given special attention to abbreviations used for academic degrees. Abbreviations for academic degrees are spelled out in the entry of first instance. Nevertheless, among the degrees listed below, three are not in common use today. In order to assist the reader, the editors have defined those degrees here:
M.B. (Bachelor of Medicine)
B.F. (Bachelor of Finance)
LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws).