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Janet Napolitano Named Next UC President

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has been nominated by a special committee of the UC Regents to be the next president of the University of California. 

“This is a very intriguing appointment for the University of California,” says Dean Henry E. Brady. “Someone of this stature could change the game in California. Janet Napolitano has a law degree from an eminent public university.  She is a distinguished public servant, and her extraordinary political credentials will make her a powerful and effective advocate for the University of California. I am very excited and enthused about this ‘out of the box’ choice.”

Janet Napolitano has served as the US Secretary of Homeland Security since 2009. Prior to that, she was the Governor of Arizona (2003-09) and Arizona’s Attorney General (1998-2003). She holds a BA in political science from Santa Clara University and a JD from the University of Virginia.

UC Student Regent and GSPP graduate Jonathan Stein (MPP/JD '12) served on the search committee. Read the full statement from the UC Office of the President here.