Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Resigns to Be University of California President

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to become the President of the University of California system, the L.A. Times reports:

NapolitanoHer 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.

UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences –- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures — will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas.

Administration officials confirmed her resignation.