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Meet Brogan, your new chancellor



To chart the future of Florida’s universities, the Board of Governors search committee has selected Florida Atlantic University president Frank Brogan — the former lieutenant governor who spent most of his career in K-12 education. The full BOG is expected to confirm Brogan's selection at 4 p.m. today.

The BOG search committee just selected Brogan over fellow finalist Roderick Chu, a former Ohio universities chancellor who has more higher education experience than Brogan but lacks familiarity with Florida politics.

BOG members lauded the success of Brogan’s earlier career in K-12 education. They said the former education commissioner is well-suited to bridge K-12 classrooms with the 11 state universities — two education systems trying to succeed despite hundreds of millions of dollars in recent budget cuts.

"Brogan’s relationship with the Board of Governors, with his board of trustees (at FAU), with his students.’s a man of commitment," said search committee member Shane Strum, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist. "He has a dstrong and powerful voice in the state of Florida. I think he would serve all of you well.”

They also made clear they expect Brogan, known for his affable personality and political savvy, to use his Capitol connections to repair the university system’s relations with the Legislature. What they didn’t say: Those tensions date back to 2001, when Republican Gov. Jeb Bush got rid of the Board of Regents that preceded the BOG.

Brogan served during that time as Bush’s lieutenant governor, but he told BOG members Friday: “My role in that was limited.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:52pm]


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