Jul 13 2013, 12:30am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
The former Arizona governor was the first woman to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
She is leaving the Cabinet to become president of the University of California.
"Departing a job and community you love is never easy, but I am passionate about educating the next generation of leaders and the University of California is like no other institution in affording such an opportunity," Napolitano said Friday.
She thanked Obama for the opportunity to serve her country.
While in office, Napolitano had to handle such diverse concerns as domestic terrorism, emergency management and immigration.
Her resignation comes amid the debate over immigration reform, with a bill passed by the Senate that includes a path toward legalizing the undocumented and a surge in border security that Napolitano has defended on a number of occasions.
"I want to thank Secretary Napolitano for her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years," Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
"At the Department of Homeland Security, Janet's portfolio has included some of the toughest challenges facing our country," the president said.
"I've come to rely on Janet's judgment and advice, but I've also come to value her friendship. And as she begins a new chapter in a remarkable career of public service, I wish her the best of luck," Obama concluded.
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