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University of California approves Napolitano as president

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was approved Thursday as the first female president of the 10-campus University of California system and is expected to begin the job in September.Supporters lauded Napolitano as a leader who has managed large, complex public agencies, and said her political aptitude would help the financially embattled university system secure money from the state and donors.Others criticized Napolitano for having little experience in the education field.Napolitano was approved by the Board of Regents after becoming the unanimous choice of a 10-member search committee that considered more than 300 people for the job.Before her approval, dozens of protesters gathered outside the board meeting, waving signs and shouting speeches against Napolitano.Inside, police handcuffed and removed at least four protesters who disrupted the meeting while urging the board not to approve Napolitano.Some focused on her record of deporting immigrants.The former Arizona governo...

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