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D U.S. Secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare (1953â1979) and HHS (1980âPresent) Secretary Tenure President 1. Oveta Culp Hobby 1953â1955 Eisenhower 2. Marion B. Folsom 1955â1958 Eisenhower 3. Arthur S. Flemming 1958â1961 Eisenhower 4. Abraham I. Ribicoff 1961â1962 Kennedy 5. Anthony J. Celebrezze 1962â1965 KennedyâJohnson 6. John W. Gardner 1965â1968 Johnson 7. Wilbur J. Cohen 1968â1969 Johnson 8. Robert H. Finch 1969â1970 Nixon 9. Elliot L. Richardson 1970â1973 Nixon 10. Caspar Weinberger 1973â1975 NixonâFord 11. F. David Mathews 1975â1977 Ford 12. Joseph A. Califano, Jr. 1977â1979 Carter 13. Patricia Roberts Harris 1979â1981 Carter 14. Richard S. Schweiker 1981â1983 Reagan 15. Margaret O. Heckler 1983â1985 Reagan 16. Otis R. Bowen 1985â1989 Reagan 17. Louis W. Sullivan 1989â1993 G. H. W. Bush 18. Donna E. Shalala 1993â2001 Clinton 19. Tommy G. Thompson 2001â2005 G. W. Bush 20. Michael O. Leavitt 2005âpresent G. W. Bush NOTE: The dark line in the table represents the point at which the departmentâs name changed from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education was established as a sepa- rate entity. 169