University Of California President Janet Napolitano Announces Plans To Step Down

By Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:55am
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:50am

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Janet Napolitano in KJZZ's studio in 2019.

University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced she plans to step down in August 2020.

Napolitano made the announcement Wednesday at a meeting of the university's Board of Regents.

A former U.S. secretary of homeland security and Democratic governor of Arizona, Napolitano became the first woman to lead the 10-campus University of California system in September 2013.

Napolitano said in a statement that the decision to step down was tough and bittersweet, "But the time is right."

She did not elaborate.

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