Janet Napolitano officially takes over as president of the University of California system Monday.
The transition has already been a little rocky.
Student activists campaigned to give Napolitano a vote of no confidence earlier this month.
They argued she does not have any experience, and her work as former homeland security secretary makes her a poor fit for a system that has frequent student protests and enrolls undocumented immigrants.
Student leaders voted to see if Napolitano would give them assurances before holding a referendum.
She is declining interviews about her new position and said she plans to spend her first few weeks in meetings and touring UC campuses, medical centers and labs.