University of California President Janet Napolitano announced today (Sept. 18) at the UC Board of Regents meeting that she will step down in August 2020 after seven years of leading California’s preeminent public university system.
“My time at UC has been deeply gratifying and rewarding. I have been honored and inspired every day to serve this institution alongside incredibly dedicated, passionate people,” said Napolitano, the 20th president and first woman to lead the university. “The decision was tough — and this moment, bittersweet — but the time is right.”
After she steps down on August 1, 2020, Napolitano plans to take time off before teaching at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley where she is currently a tenured professor.
Napolitano’s time at UC is part of her distinguished, decades-long career in public service, following her roles as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, two-term governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, and attorney general of Arizona from 1998 to 2003.
The Board of Regents will soon appoint a committee to start a national search for the next president of the university. Per policy, the search committee will include student, faculty and alumni representatives who will seek and incorporate input from the UC community and the public at large.