University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement today (Aug. 9):

Throughout his tenure on the University of California Board of Regents, Gov. Gavin Newsom has demonstrated a clear passion for higher education and consistent advocacy for California students. Today he took this strong commitment yet a step further with the formation of the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education, which will not only yield dedicated analysis and expertise on the most pressing issues surrounding higher education, but also serve as a catalyst for targeted action and solutions to benefit all Californians.

The University of California looks forward to strong, continued collaboration with Gov. Newsom and the state, California State University, and the California Community Colleges, in addition to independent California colleges and education advocacy organizations, to support students and their families as we strive to make higher education more affordable and accessible.