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Napolitano to Lead U. of California System

Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of homeland security, will resign and be named as the next president of the University of California system, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ms. Napolitano, a Democrat and former governor of Arizona, has led the homeland-security department since 2009. As president of the California system, she will succeed Mark G. Yudof, who announced in January that he would step down next month. She will be the first woman to lead the 10-campus system.

“While some may consider her to be an unconventional choice, Secretary Napolitano is without a doubt the right person at the right time to lead this incredible university,” said Sherry L. Lansing, a California regent who led the search committee, in a written statement. “She will bring fresh eyes and a new sensibility—not only to UC but to all of California. She will stand as a vigorous advocate for faculty, students, and staff at a time when great changes in our state, and across the globe, are presenting as many opportunities as challenges.”

For more, see this Chronicle article.

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