September 5, 2013

Interim Fla. chancellor named

Frank Brogan's top deputy has been asked to lead the state university system on interim basis.

The chairman of the board overseeing the state university system didn’t look far to find a temporary replacement for chancellor Frank Brogan, who will step down at end of the month.

Jan Ignash, Brogan’s second-in-command, has been tapped as interim chancellor. The full Board of Governors will be asked to approve promoting Ignash, the vice chancellor and chief academic officer, at a meeting Thursday.

“We are fortunate to have a seasoned academic leader on our team to fill in as interim chancellor while we conduct a national search,” chairman Dean Colson said in a statement.

Ignash moved to Florida about 18 months ago, officials said. She previously served as deputy director and chief academic officer of Washington state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board.

She also is a former tenured professor at the University of South Florida. She currently makes $158,650 as vice chancellor. As chancellor, Brogan made $357,000 a year.

Once the board approves her as interim chancellor, members will decide if Ignash should get a raise.

Ignash said she will not apply for the job on a permanent basis. Board members have yet to name a search committee to find a permanent replacement or discuss a timeline for naming a full-time successor.

“At some point in the future, we will welcome a new chancellor, having ensured forward progress on our top priorities while further strengthening the ties that bind us together as a system,” Ignash said in a statement.

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