I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Janet Napolitano today.
Dr. Napolitano was at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore speaking to stakeholders about building bridges between universities to address global challenges and connect the world through research and innovation.
Dr. Napolitano has an impressive record of public service having served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration from 2009-2013; she served as Governor of Arizona from 2003-2009; Attorney General of AZ from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-1997.
Her work as the 20th president of the University of California began in 2013. Today she leads a public university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide program on agriculture and natural resources. An impressive feat not lost on those attending her presentation.
During the discussion portion she took questions from the crowd and masterfully answered questions on how the UC system is addressing changes in pedagogical practices, the politics of higher ed., the need of education to change to meet the needs of a society in flux, and cultivating a system of shared knowledge between NTU & University of California.
A wonderful opportunity to connect with California so far from home.