Frank Brogan says politics unavoidable in chancellor post
A story to be published in Friday's paper digs into the powers and responsibilities that come with the title of chancellor of the state university system. Now that Frank Brogan has announced he is stepping down, the search is on to find his sucesssor. Here is an excerpt where the article discusses how Brogan's experience as a politician may have influenced how he approached the job.
Brogan left his job as president of Florida Atlantic University to become chancellor, but his resume also includes a series of elected offices, including lieutenant governor and education commissioner.
Some say he brought a politician's approach to the job, avoiding confrontation and conflict to a fault. Brogan said politics is part of any job, but that is not why he chose to stay above the fray.
"You can always catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar; that's not a political style, that's a life experience and a philosophical bent that I take," he said.
But others wish Brogan were bolder during times of controversy, such as when Gov. Rick Scott requested that universities reject a 1.7 percent tuition increase tied to inflation.
Brogan told the university presidents what the governor wanted and why they should comply. But when they balked, he left it up to the universities to thwart Scott's campaign.
Privately, he feuded with former Senate budget chief JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, the notoriously prickly lawmaker. In 2011, Alexander slipped language into the budget that would have reduced Brogan's $357,000 salary and eliminated a third of his 57-person staff. The cuts did not make it into the final budget.