Frank Brogan tries to mend ties with legislature
For Florida's 11 universities, the political savvy of their new chancellor could help mend recent tense relations and budget tussles with the Legislature. Two months into the job, Brogan, 56, is focused on thawing the ice. A former education commissioner, he is well-versed enough in Florida politics to know universities won't get a lot of extra money in the midst of multibillion-dollar budget deficits. So he's targeting what he can fix: boosting cooperation between universities and the lawmakers who decide their state funding.
The first step on Brogan's to-do list: resolve a 2007 lawsuit in which the Board of Governors joined former Gov. Bob Graham to challenge the Legislature over its tuition-setting authority.