This week’s Report from Santa Fe features Janet Napolitano, the daughter of Dr. Len Napolitano, one of the seven original founders of the UNM Medical School, on Sunday, Nov. at 8 a.m.

Napolitano, president of the University of California system, was raised in Albuquerque and was a graduate of Sandia High School. It was there that she was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her classmates.

She was elected the first woman Attorney General in Arizona in 1998, appointed as the first woman Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2009, and named the first woman president at the University California system in 2013. With such credentials, Napolitano is regarded as a breaker of “glass ceilings.”

Her father, known as “Dr. Nap” was the Dean of the UNM Medical School for 22 years and was known as “the face of medicine in New Mexico.”

He is credited with starting the UNM Cancer Center, establishing the New Mexico office of the Medical Examiner, and creating the curriculum that the Medical School became famous for. In 2009, the UNM Medical School named Dr. Napolitano the First Living Legend.

In an interview with journalist Lorene Mills, Napolitano will discuss immigration, drought, the economy and other issues of the west as well as why higher education is important in western state.

Additionally, Napolitano will talk about her work at the University of California system. She is taking actions to make the minimum wage $15 for all UC employees and working to ensure a system that helps some undocumented youth receive a university education.

Napolitano explains that she is working to move school systems into the new age in order to better prepare students. “Today in America, we are trying to prepare students for a high tech world of constant change, but we are doing so by putting them through a school system designed in the early 20th century that has not seen substantial change in 30 years,” she said.

Report from Santa Fe airs on all three PBS stations across New Mexico:

  • KNME New Mexico PBS/Channel 5.1 – Santa Fe/Albuquerque – Northern & Central New Mexico Sunday mornings, 8 a.m.
  • KENW/Channel 3 – Portales – Eastern New Mexico Sunday afternoon, 6 p.m.
  • KRWG/Channel 22 – Las Cruces – Southern New Mexico Sunday mornings, 8 a.m.
  • Report from Santa Fe also airs on the radio at 9:30 a.m. every Monday, on Albuquerque radio station KANW-FM 89.1

For more information, visit: Report from Santa Fe.