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Upcoming UC presidential search forum and town halls

The Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President of the University of California announced that it will hold a second forum in conjunction with the College Futures Foundation and several town halls at different campuses to solicit input from constituents and the public to inform the search for the next University of California president.

  • On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Special Committee and the College Futures Foundation will hear from higher education associations and organizations invited to provide insight on workforce development and student access and success. The forum will begin with a public comment session and will be held in the Palisades Room on the 3rd floor of UCLA Carnesale Commons from p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Special Committee will hold the first in a series of four town halls to hear from students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public regarding the presidential search. The town hall will be held in Room 302 of the Highlander Union Building at UC Riverside from p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • On Monday, Jan. 27, the Special Committee will hold a second town hall in Pauley Ballroom West at the MLK Student Union at UC Berkeley from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, including how to sign up to provide comment, please see the presidential search website:

The Special Committee will hold additional town halls at UC Merced and UC San Diego in late January or early February. Information about these public events will be made available on the presidential search website as they are confirmed.

Input from the public regarding the search may also be submitted by mail to Anne Shaw, secretary and chief of staff to the Regents, 1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607 or by email to  

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10:51 AM
Tags: UC president (5)

Public invited to give input on UC president search

Forums at UC Davis Dec. 13 and UCLA Jan. 14

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a woman and minority-owned executive search firm, has been selected to help identify candidates and facilitate a global search for a new president of the University of California.

In accordance with Regents Policy 7101, the special committee to consider the selection of a president met with advisory committees in early November to consult on the criteria for the position of university president. The advisory groups included faculty, students, staff, alumni, campus chancellors, laboratory directors and vice presidents. The special committee considered this feedback and other written comments received to draft new criteria. On Nov. 14, the Board of Regents approved criteria, which can be found on the presidential search website.

College Futures Foundation, in conjunction with the University of California, is sponsoring two forums with the special committee to gather input from higher education associations and other organizations in the field of postsecondary education, workforce and economic development, and student success. College Futures Foundation works to ensure equity of opportunity and access to higher education in California.  

The forums will be held at UC Davis on Dec. 13, 2019, and at UCLA on Jan. 14, 2020. These will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comment at each forum. Additional information can be found on the presidential search website

The special committee will hold additional town halls on UC campuses in early 2020, and is planning to schedule other opportunities to meet with constituent groups of the university. 

“The special committee looks forward to hearing the observations and advice of members of the university community to inform the search process for the next president of the University of California,” said committee Chair Gareth Elliott. 

For more information, see Additional information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. Input from the public regarding the search is welcome and can be submitted by mail to Anne Shaw, Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents, 1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607 or by email to   

The members of the special committee to consider the selection of a president are Regents Michael Cohen, Gareth Elliott, Cecilia Estolano, Sherry Lansing, Lark Park and Richard Sherman; Student Regent Hayley Weddle; Alumni Regent William Um; and Gov. Newsom and Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez as ex officio members. Regent Elliott is the chair of the special committee and Regent Lansing is vice chair.



Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM
Tags: November 2019 (14), UC president (5)

UC welcomes President Napolitano

Janet Napolitano
UCOP issued this statement today:

The University of California today (Sept. 30) welcomed Janet Napolitano, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and twice-elected governor of Arizona, as its 20th president.

Napolitano, 55, is an accomplished public-sector leader with a long-standing interest in education. She is the first woman to hold the post of president in UC's 145-year history.

In a note to students, faculty and staff across the 10-campus system, Napolitano said she was both excited and humbled by her new role.

"It is my intent, beginning today, to serve as the strongest advocate possible for the University of California, ready to stand up at every opportunity on its behalf, in any venue that will have me," Napolitano wrote. "Together, let us strive not only to maintain UC's position as the world's premier public university, but also to push the University forward to ever new heights. The University of California, and California itself, expect and deserve nothing less from all of us."

In addition to her experience leading large, complex organizations, Napolitano's career has been marked by several firsts: She was the first female valedictorian at Santa Clara University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science; the first female attorney general of Arizona; and, during her two terms as Arizona governor, the first woman to chair the National Governors Association.

As chair of the Governors Association, she launched "Innovation America," an initiative to align K-12 and higher education curricula to better prepare students for a global economy and strengthen the nation's competitiveness by improving its capacity to innovate.

 At the Department of Homeland Security, she supported cutting-edge research and development, investing more than $2.2 billion in state-of-the-art solutions at national labs and universities across the country to protect people and critical infrastructure. She also strengthened Homeland Security's outreach efforts to academic institutions by establishing the Office of Academic Engagement.

"I bring many things with me to California, beginning with an unshakeable belief in the transformative power of education," Napolitano said in her note to the UC community. "I also bring a deep appreciation for the greatness of this university, and for what that has meant, and will mean, for the past, present, and future of the state, the nation, and the world."

The UC Board of Regents appointed Napolitano in July following an extensive search in which she emerged as the unanimous choice from a field of more than 300 prospective candidates. She succeeds Mark G. Yudof as UC president. 

Read Napolitano's biography at

The original story is posted at


Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Janet Napolitano appointed 20th UC president

The UC Board of Regents today (July 18) appointed Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a two-term governor of Arizona, as the 20th president of the University of California.

Napolitano, the first female president in UC’s 145-year history, succeeds Mark G. Yudof, who steered the university through the depths of California’s financial crisis that led to sharp cutbacks in state support for public higher education.

Yudof, 68, served for more than five years and will remain on the job until Napolitano begins her tenure in late September. Napolitano was appointed during a special meeting of the board following a recommendation by the regents’ special search committee last week.

“I am humbled by your support and look forward to working with you to build further on the excellence of UC,” Napolitano said after the regents appointed her president.


Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Janet Napolitano nominated for next UC president

NOTE: UCOP released the following news this morning. More information is at

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been nominated for appointment as the 20th president of the University of California, it was announced today (July 12).

Regent Sherry Lansing, chair of a 10-member special search committee, said Napolitano rose to the top from a large field of candidates and was recommended on a unanimous vote.

The full Board of Regents will act on the recommendation Thursday, July 18, during a special meeting following the board’s regular bimonthly meeting in San Francisco.

“Secretary Napolitano is a distinguished and dedicated public servant who has earned trust at the highest, most critical levels of our country’s government,” Lansing said in a statement. “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.”

She added: “As Secretary of Homeland Security, she has been an ardent advocate for the federal Dream Act and the architect of a policy that protects from deportation young undocumented immigrants who are pursuing a college education.”

Board Chair Bruce Varner, who served as vice chair of the search committee, noted in a separate statement:  “Throughout her noteworthy career, Secretary Napolitano has built a track record for taking on and tackling the toughest of challenges. She has a reputation for seeing things through, no matter how difficult the effort.

“She has the intellectual curiosity, leadership qualities, personal charm and discipline needed to navigate any future challenges that await this university.

“I anticipate learning much from Secretary Napolitano, given her experience leading large, complex organizations.”

Robert Powell, chair of UC’s systemwide Academic Senate and a faculty representative on the Board of Regents, praised the choice: "In my discussions with her, Secretary Napolitano clearly articulated the view that the University of California must do all it can to ensure not only that it remains the greatest public university in the world in the 21st century, but also that it moves to new heights.

"She has deep respect for the faculty, and she will listen to what we say. She knows that, as the core of what makes UC great, the faculty must have an environment in which they can thrive as scholars and teachers.”

If the regents approve the appointment, Napolitano would become the first woman in the university’s 145-year history to serve as president. She would succeed Mark G. Yudof, who announced in January that he would step down at the end of August after serving for more than five years.

As the twice-elected governor of Arizona, serving from 2003 to 2009, Napolitano was a consistent champion of public education, protecting funding of the state’s universities even as she addressed a $1 billion deficit upon assuming office. By 2006, she had turned the deficit into a $300 million surplus without raising taxes.

Chosen by President Barack Obama to serve as the third Secretary of Homeland Security, Napolitano leads a complex array of efforts to safeguard the nation – counterterrorism, border security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity and disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Homeland Security is the third largest federal department, with a budget of $60 billion, 240,000 employees and 22 agencies and directorates, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Customs and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard and Secret Service.

“I am both honored and excited by the prospect of serving as president of the University of California,” said Napolitano.

“I recognize that I am a non-traditional candidate,” she added. “In my experience, whether preparing to govern a state or to lead an agency as critical and complex as Homeland Security, I have found the best way to start is simply to listen.

“If appointed, I intend to reach out and listen to chancellors, to faculty, to students, to the state’s political leaders, to regents, to the heads of the other public higher education systems and, of course, to President Yudof and his team, who have done so much to steer the University of California through some extremely rough waters.”

As UC president, she would lead a system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.

Napolitano, 55, was born in New York City and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Albuquerque, N.M., before coming to California for her college education. She was graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She was selected as the university’s first female valedictorian, and also won a Truman Scholarship, a prestigious fellowship for college students who possess leadership potential and an interest in government or public service.

After earning her law degree from the University of Virginia, she went to Arizona in 1983 to serve as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and later practiced law in Phoenix at the firm of Lewis and Roca, where she became a partner in 1989. She was the first female Attorney General of Arizona, from 1998 to 2003, and served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993 to 1997.

Napolitano was named one of the top five governors in the country by Time magazine. As the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, she launched the “Innovation America” initiative to align K-12 and higher education curricula to better prepare students for a global economy and strengthen the nation’s competitiveness by improving its capacity to innovate.

At the Department of Homeland Security, she has championed cutting-edge research and development, investing more than $2.2 billion in state-of-the-art solutions at national labs and universities across the country to protect people and critical infrastructure.

Under her leadership, Homeland Security also has strengthened its outreach efforts to academic institutions through the establishment of the Office of Academic Engagement, and she created the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, involving leadership from more than 20 universities and colleges around the country.

She has repeatedly testified about the need for comprehensive immigration reform and, earlier this year, she served as the Administration's sole witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill.  She also testified before the Senate in support of the Dream Act and defended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. 

The Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President, assisted by the national executive search firm Issacson, Miller, was involved in recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates. More than 300 possible candidates were considered.

In addition to Varner and Lansing, the immediate past Board of Regents chair, the committee members were Regents Richard Blum, Russell S. Gould, George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss, and Fred Ruiz. Jonathan Stein (the student regent) and Ronald Rubenstein (the alumni regent) also served on the committee. Gov. Jerry Brown was an ex officio member. An Academic Advisory Committee was appointed to assist the regents' Special Committee. Student, staff and alumni advisory committees joined the Academic Advisory Committee in making recommendations on selection criteria.

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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