Education

Janet Napolitano Announces Resignation As UC President

UC President Janet Napolitano
Credit: Elena Zhukova/University of California
UC President Janet Napolitano Credit: Elena Zhukova/University of California
University of California

Listen to story

01:03
Download this story 1MB

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced her resignation at a UC Regents meeting at UCLA.

Napolitano didn’t give a clear reason when she announced that she'll step down next year, other than to say it’s time after six years leading the prestigious public university system. 

Napolitano had been Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama when she was picked in 2013 as the first woman to lead the UC system, Immigrant advocates warned that a rise in deportations during her tenure would steer students away, but Napolitano proved to be an advocate for students who are undocumented.

UC Regents praised her accomplishments: enrollment systemwide is up by more than 17,000 students, and yearly tuition increases are down to single digits.

But she's had her missteps: two years ago, a state audit faulted Napolitano for failing to disclose a $176 million reserve even as tuition went up. She said transparency measures have been put in place.