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UC President Janet Napolitano To Speak At Shasta College REDDING, CA –

UC President Janet Napolitano To Speak At Shasta College REDDING, CA –

Janet Napolitano, current President of the University of California system, will speak at the Shasta College Theatre, April 29, 2016 at 12 Noon. Ms. Napolitano will be the next guest speaker of The Community Speaker Series, a joint effort by The Shasta College Foundation & The McConnell Foundation. Napolitano will speak about sustainable agriculture and educational transfer options, and she will take questions after her talk. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free for the event. Seating is limited and is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California in 2013 leading one of the world’s top university systems comprised of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97.

Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar, and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, she was appointed a tenured faculty member of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

As UC president, Napolitano has launched initiatives to stabilize in-state tuition and she has worked to improve the community college transfer process to UC. She has led efforts to achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025; accelerate the translation of UC research into products and services; focus UC resources on local and global food issues; and strengthen the University’s engagement with its Mexican peer institutions of higher education. She has also implemented the Fair Wage/Fair Work plan, which established a $15 minimum wage at UC for employees and contract workers – the first for a public university.

Napolitano is the fourth in a series of lecture events sponsored by The Community Speaker Series, a joint effort by The Shasta College Foundation and The McConnell Foundation, designed to inspire, excite and challenge the communities they serve. The Community Speaker Series is dedicated to help deepen discussions and inspire positive activism on a local level for issues with global relevance. More information on Janet Napolitano is available through the President’s Office: http://www.ucop.edu/president/about/index.html

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