“We have the direction, we have a focus and, I think, some very exciting times ahead in our higher education system,” House Speaker Will Weatherford said Wednesday. “And I think Chancellor Brogan deserves a tremendous amount of that credit.”
Brogan also navigated the system through the economic downturn and accompanying cuts in state funding, which caused many universities to increase tuition.
“Frank led the state university system during a time when Florida’s public universities faced some of the largest cuts in its history,” said Ava Parker, the interim leader of Florida Polytechnic University and former Board of Governors chairwoman. “Under his leadership in those difficult times, the system was still able to educate thousands of additional students, provide more focus on STEM education and develop a long-term plan for the continued improvement of Florida’s already outstanding universities.”
The Pennsylvania system — which comprises universities at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester — voted unanimously in January to keep the search process secret for the first time in 31 years, so the announcement Wednesday came as a surprise to many in Florida.
“I have come to know you all as respected colleagues and friends,” Brogan wrote to Florida’s Board of Governors, shortly after the news broke, explaining the secrecy of the search prevented him from discussing the new job sooner. “Together, we have gone into battle to fight for good public policy, and have come through victoriously on so many occasions.”
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.