The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will be leaving that post to become the new President of the University of California System.
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 national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic, The Times has learned. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history.
Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown a strong interest in improving education.
The selection committee was headed by former film industry executive Sherry Lansing.
An unnamed source close to Napolitano had this to say about her decision in taking the position:
“I think she loves working for President Obama and serving the American people, but at the same time, this is a unique opportunity,” he said. Napolitano knows “UC is probably the premier institution in the country. She is motivated by the fact that being a part of UC, she will be a part of educating future leaders of tomorrow and be part of a state that sets so much of the agenda nationally.”
The thought that Napolitano would have anything to do with educating future leaders is a scary thought!
You have to wonder if Napolitano’s departure is an indicator that the rats are starting to desert the ship – Hillary’s gone, Geithner’s gone, and now Big Sis. Will Eric Holder be next or is he essential to protecting the backside of Obama? It is probably the latter.
As to Big Sis leaving, good riddance. I hate to see her inflicted on California but better them than the rest of the US.