Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, seen on Capitol Hill in February, is resigning her post, officials said Friday. (Jim Watson / AFP)
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning in September to become the next president of the University of California system.
Head of the department since 2009, Napolitano said in a statement Friday, “The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career.”
Napolitano is also a former governor of Arizona.
During her time at DHS, she said, she was able to minimize threats to the American public and build a more robust emergency and disaster response system. One of the highlights of her tenure, she said, was partnering with the private sector to strengthen cybersecurity efforts.
As head of the Univeristy of California system, she will be able to play a role in educating a new generation of future leaders, she said.
“I thank President 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 said.