Janet Napolitano leaving DHS.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security chief, to head UC

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.

Rudy Giuliani

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. 




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That seems to be the trend these days of not hiring

Glinda's picture

someone who actually is, how do you say it, an EXPERT in the field they're hired to be in charge of.

position usually held by an academic

More and more I see firsthand and read about other instances where the person hired to be in charge of X has absolutely no experience in that field, i.e., hospitals for starters. 

Without sharing my personal experiences, I can tell you that in many companies dedicated to do only one thing, even though they hire experts in that one field, it makes no difference, because the overlords insist that HR, Human Resources, make all the hiring and firing decisions without any earthly clue what the "it" business is all about.

HR, from my experience, used to be about knowing what the benefits are, insurance, pension, et cetera, and keeping tabs on an employee's personnel record and how many times the employee has been disciplined, warned verbally or in writing, but that has changed so, so much, and to the detriment of basically everyone:  The company and the employees.


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Good to Janet.

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Does it necessary to be expert in some fields or have experience to be incahrge of certain fileds? Why not hire fresh people that are not expert or no experirnce for that positon?  for me it doesn't matter what his academic background aslong as he has abasic knowledge to that certain field, as long as he is work oriented and interested to learn and to be train, he's hired.

I know its a big impact of having wide experties and experience but what about those fresh grads, why not give them chance to show their skills and help them improved experties.

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