July 13, 2013
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that she will be leaving the agency to accept a nomination as president of the University of California (UC).
Napolitano relayed: “Departing a job and community you love is never easy, but I am passionate about educating the next generation of leaders and the University of California is like no other institution in affording such an opportunity.”
Sherry Lansing, chair of the special search committee at UC said : “Secretary Napolitano is a distinguished and dedicated public servant who has earned trust at the highest, most critical levels of our country’s government. She has proven herself to be a dynamic, hard-working and transformative leader. As governor of Arizona, she was an effective advocate for public education, and a champion for the life-changing opportunities that education provides…Those who know her best say that a passion for education is in her DNA.”
Napolitano will leave the Obama administration in September.
President Obama commented : “I want to thank Secretary Napolitano for her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years. The American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet’s leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks. I’ve come to rely on Janet’s judgment and advice, but I’ve also come to value her friendship. And as she begins a new chapter in a remarkable career of public service, I wish her the best of luck.”
Napolitano relayed propaganda concerning her time with Obama and the DHS as a clear endeavor to “minimize threats of all kinds to the American public.”
She continued: “The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity.”
Napolitano thanked Obama “for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects.”
Napolitano will still be able to work with DHS through the UC program Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) Centers of Excellence (CoE) that employs hundreds of universities across the nation to collaborate with the federal government on “new technologies and critical knowledge, while also relying on each other’s capabilities to serve the Department’s many mission needs.”
At the UC, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) where national research is conducted on policy, planning and development that focuses on “risk and economic analysis of the U.S. and comprises a team of experts from across the country, including partnerships with numerous universities and research institutions.”
CREATE “serves national interests by providing tools and guidance to the Department of Homeland Security, as well as local, regional and state decision-makers, for the prioritization of countermeasures to terrorism, identifying areas where investments are likely to be most effective, computing relative risks among potential terrorist events, and estimating the societal consequences of terrorism.”
The mission of the faction is to “improve our Nation’s security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security.”
Napolitano will feel right at home at UC.