Think it's related to the recent NSA scandals? Is she a scapegoat? It's very untraditional for a non-academic to get that position. Is that a payoff? Discuss. Reuters reports Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will resign today: Government source says U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano set to resign today (Friday). @Reuters â€” Reuters Insider (@ReutersInsider) July 12, 2013 The Los Angeles Times has more: Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history. Napolitanoâ€™s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown a strong interest in improving education. UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences â€“- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures -- will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas.