The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, will step down from her post later this summer in order to head the University of California school system.
The transition is expected to happen in about six weeks, when the University’s fall semester begins. First reported by The Los Angeles Times, which comes after what the newspaper describes as a “secretive process” to make the non-typical appointment of a high-profile political figure to lead the large University system.
Statement from Janet Napolitano:
“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career. We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity. After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders. I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects.”