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.
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.
Sherry Lansing, the regent and former film industry executive who headed the search committee, said in a statement being released Friday. "She will bring fresh eyes and a new sensibility -- not only to UC, but to all of California.
The secretary faced some controversy in Congress when critics alleged the Boston Marathon bombings, reportedly perpetrated by ethnic Chechens from Russia who had been granted political asylum, exposed shortcomings in security.
But since her Cabinet salary of about $200,000 is about a third of the annual $591,000 that current UC president Mark G. Yudof makes...
And so the story goes.
Just for fun but not really, let's take a poll on who Barack Obama will nominate to take her place. I have a few names in mind, Free feel to agree with me or add your own in the comments.
Bernie Kerik (Come on now, he IS out of jail.)
NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly
Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney
Richard A. Clarke (I want my pony)
And a last thought, let's always be grateful to Obama when he appointed Napolitano, pulling her out of Arizona, to head DHS, making Jan Brewer the leader she is today.