Napolitano Leaving Homeland Security to Head University of California


Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a politician to a position usually held by an academic, the Los Angeles Times reports. University officials believe her Cabinet experiences, which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing anti-terrorism measures — will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research. Napolitano, 55, was appointed by former President Clinton as the U.S. attorney in Arizona and then won elections as state attorney general and twice as governor, a position she held from 2003 to 2009. President Obama then named her to lead Homeland Security, an agency with an annual $60-billion budget and 240,000 employees. She has been a strong voice in favor of immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally, a stance that has angered some Republicans who contend she has not done enough to secure the nation's borders.

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