U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been approved by the UC Board of Regents as the first woman president in the 145-year history of the University of California at a salary of $570,000 per year.
As Janet Napolitano prepares to head the University of California system, the resigning DHS secretary and former Governor of Arizona expressed excitement at succeeding outgoing UC President Mark Yudof.
"I intend to reach out and listen to chancellors, to faculty, to students, to the state's political leaders, to regents, to the heads of the other public higher education systems and, of course, to President Yudof and his team, who have done so much to steer the University of California through some extremely rough waters" said Napolitano.
"In my experience, whether preparing to govern a state or to lead an agency as critical and complex as Homeland Security, I have found the best way to start is simply to listen," added President-elect Janet Napolitano.
Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) approved of Napolitano's nomination, stating: "Secretary Napolitano has the strength of character and an outsider's mind that will well serve the students and faculty. It will be exciting to work with her."
New University of California President Janet Napolitano, 55, will preside over 234,464 students, 208,012 faculty and staff, and an operating budget of $24 billion per year.
U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said: "As the first woman to lead the UC system, Secretary Napolitano will offer a unique voice to this critical position."
Janet Napolitano is a California college graduate, an alumnus of Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Jesuit university's first female valedictorian.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) congratulated Napolitano, saying: "Janet Napolitano will make a fine president of the University of California. I welcome her to California."
After considering 300 candidates, the UC Board of Regents elected Janet Napolitano the first woman president of the University of California.