“Florida’s university system is on a clear path toward greater prominence and relevance thanks to the support and dedication of the Board of Governors, university leaders, faculty and staff,” Brogan said. “It's never easy to leave a place you love, but it is so much easier knowing that Florida is poised for a bright future."
“I am excited to join PASSHE in their commitment to provide high-quality, affordable higher education opportunities for Pennsylvania’s families. Balancing quality and accessibility has been my top priority in Florida and should be the mission of every good public university,” Brogan said.
Brogan was selected by the Pennsylvania Board of Governors at the conclusion of a nationwide search process that included meetings with students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, community and business leaders as well as elected state leaders.
“We were looking for a strong administrator and a transformational leader who will collaborate with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders representing divergent views on what is best for our students and their families,” said Pennsylvania Board of Governors Chairman Guido M. Pichini.
“Frank Brogan will be that leader.” Pichini said. “He has had an impressive record of success throughout his career. He understands the many complexities and challenges facing public higher education and the vital role public universities play both in preparing students for a lifetime of their own success and in ensuring the economic vitality of the state. We are excited about him becoming our next chancellor.”
A lifelong educator, Brogan has also served as president of Florida Atlantic University, lieutenant governor of Florida with Governor Jeb Bush, Florida’s commissioner of education, superintendent of Martin County Schools, and as a middle school principal, assistant principal and teacher.
Brogan took office as Florida's university system chancellor in 2009 during a time of deep acrimony between the Florida Legislature and the Board of Governors. As the longest-serving chancellor since the creation of the Board of Governors in 2003, his tenure brought a welcome stability for the system.
During Brogan’s tenure, relationships with the Florida Legislature were restored, as evidenced by the landmark governance agreement of 2010 that provided clarity regarding oversight of the university system.
Meanwhile, the university system demonstrated significant progress in providing access to high-quality higher education. In the past few years, the system increased enrollment by 7 percent, increased degree production by 12 percent and saw record high attainment in academic standards, graduation rates, national rankings and research.
That good work was done in an accountable, transparent way thanks to a robust new strategic plan. That plan, which includes 39 key performance benchmarks, is an integral part of Florida’s nationally recognized accountability framework that tracks progress of university and system goals.
This past legislative session in particular, the university system took several major steps toward further excellence. The board and Legislature worked together to implement a number of top priorities, including establishing a path for universities to reach preeminent status, creating the nation's first fully online institute operated by a public research university, and providing a platform for a performance-funding model that fosters the unique mission of each institution while advancing system goals.
Additionally, the Legislature reversed last year’s $300 million budget cut and added more than $400 million in new funding for operations, facilities and maintenance.
Florida education leaders have high praise for Brogan’s work during the past four years:
"Florida’s university system has experienced a renaissance, and we want to thank Chancellor Brogan for his leadership, commitment and vision as he worked side-by-side with the Board of Governors to move us forward. As a public servant, Frank Brogan is Florida's top export, and we will miss him," said Board Chair Dean Colson.
University of North Florida president John Delaney said, “As a former university president, Chancellor Brogan understands the front-line challenges universities face. Pennsylvania is getting a good person, a great chancellor and a remarkable leader. He knows the realities of daily life on campus and can translate that knowledge into good public policy.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “Frank Brogan has had an incredible career in public service – especially in education. Florida’s education system has benefited from his hard work and his commitment to providing every Florida child with a quality education. His service will be greatly missed by education leaders throughout the state. I have no doubt, however, that he will continue working to provide families with more opportunities, so they can live their version of the American Dream.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett congratulated Brogan and said he looked forward to working with him as PASSHE’s chancellor.
“I feel confident that he will lead PASSHE on its continuing mission of providing accessible, affordable and top-quality education for our students, preparing them to compete in the global economy for job opportunities in the future," Corbett said.
Said Brogan: "It has been my highest honor to serve the people of Florida for the past 35 years and to work with so many dedicated educators and public servants. As Courtney, Colby John and I prepare for this new adventure in Pennsylvania, we will carry with us so many memories of love, loss, laughter and life. Florida will forever be part of our family."
About the State University System of Florida
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.