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Janet Napolitano and Glenda Humiston UCANR
University of California President Janet Napolitano, left, and Agriculture and Natural Resources vice president Glenda Humiston discuss initiatives at a 2018 conference.

Humiston salutes Napolitano's work as UC president

President announced she will step down in August 2020.

Glenda Humiston, University of California vice president for agriculture and natural resources, issued the following statement late Wednesday (Sept. 18):

"Earlier today (Sept. 18), UC President Janet Napolitano announced that she will be stepping down as president of the University in August 2020. President Napolitano joined UC as the first woman to lead the university in 2013. 

"We are thankful for President Napolitano's leadership and vision to address critical issues that affect California, the rest of the country and the world.

"Recognizing the challenge of feeding a growing worldwide population, Napolitano launched the Global Food Initiative to inspire more collaboration and draw from the collective resources of all 10 UC campuses, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop solutions for food security, health and sustainability.

"To address the threat of climate change, she created the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which marshals resources from across the UC system to research and develop ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"To attract and retain top-flight academics, she created the Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs to help UC campuses and UC ANR encourage donors to establish endowed chairs to fund research. The Presidential Match has enabled UC ANR to fill five endowed positions in UC Cooperative Extension, ensuring the scientists will have a dedicated source of funding for their ongoing agricultural research.

"Finally, she emphasized the university's commitment to diversity by taking actions to let immigrant and LGBTQ members of the UC community know they are welcome and supported. 

"The UC Board of Regents will soon appoint a search committee to start a national search for the next president of the University. Per policy, the search committee will include student, academic and alumni representatives who will seek input from the UC community and the public."

More information, including highlights of President Napolitano's tenure at the University, can be found here.

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