“After 35 years, the best part of my career has been building relationships,” Brogan said. “Some have been easier to build than others, but at the end of the day they have all been memorable.”
The Board of Governors will select an interim chancellor by its next meeting Sept. 12. Members will launch a national search to find a permanent replacement but may not make a hire until after the November 2014 election.
The reason? Quality candidates may wait to see who is elected governor, knowing that the governor will have a say in the ultimate appointment.
However, people are already thinking about what kind of person they want for the job. Sen. John Legg, the Trinity Republican who chairs the Education Committee, said the chancellor must be a problem-solver, communicator and consensus-builder.
He hopes the person selected will focus on better defining the role of each university under one statewide agenda.
“That would take leadership at the chancellor’s position and some laying down of a little bit of pride by a couple of the universities,” he said.
University of North Florida President John Delaney said he once disagreed with the decision to create individual trustee boards at each school, and then later he disagreed with the establishment of the Board of Governors. Now he believes they can all work together, with the chancellor’s help.
“The Board of Governors has increasingly strengthened its grip over universities, and I view that as a positive,” said Delaney, who served a year as interim chancellor. “I’ve long said that the chancellor and the Board of Governors need to be a stop sign to stop universities from doing something that isn’t in the state’s interest.”