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Obama taps U. alumnus for VA post

By Jasen Lee, Deseret News

Published: Wed, July 2 11:11 p.m. MDT

 President Barack Obama walks with Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, from the Department of Veterans Affairs across Lafayette Park back to the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.

President Barack Obama walks with Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, from the Department of Veterans Affairs across Lafayette Park back to the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.

(Charles Dharapak, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah graduate has been nominated to lead the Veterans Affairs administration.

Robert McDonald was picked by President Barack Obama to be the next VA secretary.

McDonald, the former head of Procter & Gamble, received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business.

A former Army Ranger, McDonald graduated from West Point and served in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Chicago, he joined Procter & Gamble in 1980 and ascended the corporate ladder over his 33-year tenure with the multinational consumer goods company.

McDonald was appointed vice chairman of global operations in 2004 and later appointed chief operating officer in July 2007. He became president and CEO in July 2009 before becoming chairman of the board in January 2010. He retired in June 2013.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki, who resigned in May.

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1. kranny
utah, UT,
July 2, 2014

Okay, but will he lead out in correcting the many abuses to our vets or will he just be another puppet?

2. Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT,
July 2, 2014

Looks like a good choice, but now that Obama picked him, one has to wonder...

3. JWB
Kaysville, UT,
July 3, 2014

I thought it was Karl Rove, an alumnus of the U of U.

4. Esquire
Springville, UT,
July 3, 2014

The announcement was on Monday. You waited until Wednesday afternoon to run the story? Why?

5. Swiss
Price, Utah,
July 3, 2014

Good luck he will need it. If he can get the national VA anywhere close to the Utah VA I will celebrate. An MBA may not be the best degree to have he may wish he had an MPA after he sees what the Civil Service Bureaucracy is like. Hopefully, he can at least file some schedule C political appointees and set a climate of service instead of self aggrandizement.
Hopefully, he realizes that you can ask a Bureaucrat to give up his life but not his job. That cliché was first penned in Ancient China about the Mandarins.