In a surprise move, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, is resigning on Friday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Napolitano will become the president of the University of California -- the first woman to hold that post in its 145-year history. Napolitano has been at the Homeland Security Department since President Obama took office in 2009. She was often mentioned as a favorite candidate to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. That, in all likelihood, will not be happening now.
A source close to The Times said, "She loves working for President Obama and serving the American people, but at the same time, this is a unique opportunity." Napolitano is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where she was a valedictorian.
While it's not DHS, which has a budget of $60 billion, the UC system is quite large. It has an annual budget of $24 billion, and counts 191,000 faculty and staff. Homeland Security currently has 240,000 employees. As a Cabinet secretary, Napolitano earns $200,000 annually. The current UC president earns $591,000 -- although it's not clear what Napolitano's salary as president will be.
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