Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on the appointment of Janet Napolitano to lead the University of California system:

“I congratulate Secretary Napolitano on this appointment and wish her great success as she meets the many challenges and embraces the opportunities as the next president of this world-class university system.

“I know Secretary Napolitano to be both smart and competent—qualities she has demonstrated as Secretary of Homeland Security, an enormous organization with 22 departments and more than 240,000 employees. Her recent support for immigration reform—particularly the bipartisan Senate bill—aided its strong 68-vote passage in the Senate.

“As the well-respected former governor of Arizona, Secretary Napolitano will also bring to UC a distinguished record of executive experience. Janet Napolitano will make a fine president of the University of California. I welcome her to California and look forward to a new constituent.”

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