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Obama taps U. alumnus for VA post

Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 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.

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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