With its 10 campuses, nearly 200,000 staff, and $20 billion annual budget, the University of California system is emblematic of the state government that pays a portion of its bills – enormous, unruly, overly expensive, steeped in politics, dominated by unions and other special-interest groups, and plagued with controversy. That’s why outgoing Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, recently announced as the new head of the UC system, is a terrible pick, writes Steven Greenhut. Based on her tenure in the federal government, Napolitano will be an advocate for more of everything that has turned the current university system into such a bureaucratic, scandal-ridden mess.
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