Mr. Frank T. Brogan became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on October 1, 2013. A lifelong educator, Mr. Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and was twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida.
As PASSHE’s chancellor, Mr. Brogan serves as the State System’s chief executive officer, which operates 14 comprehensive universities with a combined enrollment of about 112,000 students. The chancellor works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the System.
Mr. Brogan began his academic career as a teacher at Port Salerno Elementary School in Martin County, Fla. After working his way up through the Martin County School System—including serving six years as superintendent—he was elected Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1995. As commissioner, he spearheaded passage of a law to strengthen criminal background checks for all educators and led the effort to establish the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
He continued his advocacy of education issues as lieutenant governor — steering education policy as legislative liaison for Governor Jeb Bush. Upon assuming the presidency of Florida Atlantic University in 2003, Mr. Brogan’s top priority was to elevate academic standards at the institution, which resulted in stricter admissions criteria, higher retention rates and improved time-to-degree. He also helped raise more than $120 million in private funds and matching grants for the university, while increasing its focus on research and establishing a four-year medical education program.
Mr. Brogan was named chancellor of the State University System of Florida in 2009, and immediately went to work to successfully repair strained relationships between the System and the Florida Legislature. As chancellor, he led the development of a new strategic plan that includes 39 distinct benchmarks — an integral part of Florida’s nationally recognized accountability framework that tracks progress of university and system goals.
Mr. Brogan also led the Florida system’s efforts to develop a performance funding program with goals similar to those of PASSHE’s nationally recognized model. The program utilizes key measures to reward universities for excellence and improved performance in areas that support both the institutions’ unique missions and system-wide goals for improved quality, accessibility and accountability.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Brogan was the first member of his family to attend college, earning a bachelor's degree in education (magna cum laude) from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife Courtney have a son, Colby John.
|Executive Vice Chancellor|
Dr. Peter H. Garland serves as executive vice chancellor, a position to which he was appointed in October 2006. In that role, he serves as PASSHE's chief operating officer, overseeing the major functional areas in the Office of the Chancellor; serving as liaison to university presidents and the System's Board of Governors; leading major System-wide projects, programs and initiatives; and coordinating the work of vice chancellors and other executive staff. Dr. Garland served as PASSHE’s acting Chancellor from March 1 to September 30, 2013.
Dr. Garland joined PASSHE as executive associate to the Chancellor in January 2002, serving as a senior adviser and assisting the Chancellor in a liaison role with vice chancellors, university presidents, the Board of Governors and other senior staff. He was named vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in December 2003. He led the development of PASSHE’s new strategic plan, which was adopted by the Board of Governors in July 2004, and assisted in the implementation of PASSHE System Accountability Program.
Prior to joining PASSHE, Dr. Garland served as executive director of the State Board of Education since 1993. There, he was responsible for identifying key issues of concern to the Board, then conducting research and analysis on those issues and developing policy recommendations. In doing so, he worked closely with both the Governor’s Office and the Legislature, as well as with educational and business organizations and the public. He was involved in the development of new academic standards for elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania and in the creation of new requirements for teacher preparation and certification.
Previously, Dr. Garland was Assistant Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He also served in several other positions within the department, including Acting Commissioner/Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education, Director of the Bureau of Postsecondary Services, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner for Higher Education and Senior Program Analyst in the Office of Higher Education Financing.
Dr. Garland spent two years as a research assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. He also was an assistant director and coordinator of residence hall programs at Penn State.
Dr. Garland earned bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology and a master’s degree in educational administration from The College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in political science and a doctoral degree in higher education from Penn State.
He has numerous publications to his credit and has reviewed articles for the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association. He serves as Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs|
Dr. Jim Moran joined the Office of the Chancellor in 2005 and was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in October 2009. The primary function of the Division is to facilitate student success and to assist universities to advance the economic, cultural and social viability of the Commonwealth.
Dr. Moran provides strategic leadership and direction for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs which includes academic program approval and review, faculty development initiatives, development of academic and student policies, academic planning, academic technology, articulation and transfer, access and pipeline initiatives, and grants development. He also serves on the Commonwealth’s Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee; the Governor’s Early Learning Council; the GEAR-UP Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, and the Program Committee for the SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Moran served as interim president of Edinboro University. During that year Edinboro significantly improved community relationships with the Edinboro community, established working relationships with the Erie community to address issues of educational attainment, supported a record breaking year in annual gifts with over $5M raised, promoted increased transparency of data through reports to Council of Trustees and the University Senate, re-framed strategic directions for the university around fewer measurable goals and promoted expanding high impact practices to more students
Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Dr. Moran served in the University of Tennessee System Office as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In Tennessee, he was responsible for coordinating the university effort for seeking regional re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and building a model for departmental reporting with attention to student learning outcomes. He also served as facilitator for special projects including acquiring federal funding for a University Business Incubator and for the Center for Nutrition and Fitness.
At the University of Tennessee, Dr. Moran also served as Dean, College of Human Ecology. In this capacity he provided leadership for a college with five academic departments (Child and Family Studies, Nutrition, Health and Safety Sciences, Consumer and Industry Services Management and Human Resource Development) as well as the Child Development Laboratories and the Textile and Non-Wovens Development Center.
Additional experiences include appointment as Vice-President of the University of Tennessee Research and Managing Director, TANDEC Technology Licensing Division Corporation - a statewide research center of excellence that focused on non-wovens textiles. Responsibilities included negotiating licensing and research contracts with corporate partners as well as marketing technology to potential licensees.
Dr. Moran was also Department Head of Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State and has served in a faculty role as Professor at the University of Tennessee and at Oklahoma State University, as Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. and as Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma.
|Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance|
James Dillon was named vice chancellor for Administration and Finance of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in June 2005. The Administration and Finance Division is responsible for developing policy and providing system-wide leadership in the areas of financial planning, accounting, procurement, investing, commercial banking, emergency management and campus security.
Dillon has held various positions with PASSHE since 1989, including cash and debt manager and director of cash and debt management. He designed, implemented and managed PASSHE’s integrated cash/capital management system; directed the System’s working capital investments program; and directed PASSHE’s bond program, which, to date has involved 26 issues for a principal amount of more than $1.2 billion. He also directed the System’s centralized payroll system.
Before joining PASSHE, Dillon served in various positions with The Equitable in New York City, including as manager and assistant manager of the Office of the Treasurer. While there, he assisted in the analysis and implementation of financing alternatives including commercial paper, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange hedges, medium-term notes, and others. He also assisted in management of the funding operations division. Prior to working at The Equitable, Dillon was an associate in corporate finance for Henry Ansbacher, Inc., also in New York City.
Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and labor relations from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Fordham University ’s Joseph Martino School of Business. He also attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He has given professional presentations at the Annual Treasury Management Conference of the Treasury Management Association and the National Multi Housing Developers Association.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. With more than 112,500 students, PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.
|Vice Chancellor for External Relations|
As Vice Chancellor for External Relations, Ms. Ball oversees the working relationships between the State System of Higher Education and its public and private partners. She is directly responsible for the development of targeted strategies and messages to key audiences including state and federal officials, university leaders, students, trustees and the business community.
Prior to joining the State System of Higher Education in January 2009, she had held increasingly responsible positions within state government and as a private sector advocate. In the public sector, she worked on the Governor’s Office staff and was involved in policy development and communications initiatives. As a private sector advocate, she provided comprehensive government relations and targeted messaging services to a wide array of corporate, statewide association and non-profit entity clients.
Since joining the Office of the Chancellor, she has participated in a number of initiatives:
- Served as a member of the higher education research, health care and economic development collaborative, PennREN, which recently was awarded a $99.6 million federal grant for the construction and management of a statewide broadband network.
- Developed and managed a PASSHE wide logo and website design competition. Currently involved in overseeing development of the new website.
- Participated in a number of PASSHE cost-saving initiatives such as a separation incentive program for eligible employees as well as a review of low-enrolled program offerings.
|Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations|
Gary K. Dent was named Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in April 2009. He directs the Office of Human Resources and Labor Relations, which provides leadership for and works in partnership with the PASSHE universities to establish, implement and improve human resource management policies and practices. The office also provides centralized labor negotiations, as well as grievance and arbitration services. In addition to these system wide services, the office also provides human resource management services for the employees of the Office of the Chancellor.
Dent, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, began his professional career as an officer in the United States Army, after graduating from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in management and supervision at Central Michigan University and has completed several advanced management and certification programs in his field.
Dent has held senior human resource leadership positions with General Motors Corporation, the City of Detroit, Wayne State University and the University of Cincinnati. In these organizations, he was responsible for building a service-oriented culture; integrating people, technology, business processes and workflow in creating high performance human resources teams; assisting management in meeting their strategic plans by creating a human resources strategic plan; building productive working relationships with unions and employees; and improving all aspects of human resources including labor relations. He discovered this to be a real passion of his and has spent the preceding years developing and leading large and small human resource organizations.
Dent is or has been a member or held leadership roles in several professional associations and boards, including Head Start; Boy Scouts of America; United Way; American Society of Employers; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Junior Achievement; Communities in School – Detroit; Society for Human Resources Management, CUPA-HR; and the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources.
His hobbies and interests include piloting private aircraft and playing tennis and the piano. He is actively involved in mentoring youth leadership development programs. Dent and his wife, Carman, have two adult children, three granddaughters and two grandsons.
|Chief Counsel |
Andrew C. Lehman was named acting chief legal counsel of PASSHE in July 2013. He joined the State System in 2004 after spending more than three years with a small litigation firm in Harrisburg, where his practice concentrated in the areas of insurance defense and civil litigation.
Prior to entering private practice, Lehman was the executive deputy prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Unit in the York County District Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor child physical and sexual abuse cases.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental resource management with highest distinction from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Tulane Law School.
|Chief of Staff|
Randy Goin Jr. serves as chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), a position to which he was appointed in December 2013. As chief of staff and a senior policy advisor, he coordinates the efforts of senior staff in the Office of the Chancellor and works closely with university, government and business leaders to ensure timely advancement of Board of Governors’ initiatives.
Prior to joining the PASSHE leadership team, Mr. Goin was chief of staff for the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the second largest university system in America. He also led the public affairs, governmental relations and communications group, which worked to articulate a clear message and vision with all constituents.
During Mr. Goin’s tenure in Florida, the university system enhanced its relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. The system released a new 2025 strategic plan, developed a nationally acclaimed accountability system, launched a totally online undergraduate institute at the University of Florida, and introduced a systemwide performance funding model.
He launched his career in the private sector more than two decades ago and later moved into communications management roles in higher education. He ultimately served as associate vice president for marketing at Florida Atlantic University, where he helped build the communications organization and reposition the institution's brand. He was then named university chief of staff and worked closely with the president to reshape the institution's organizational structure by increasing focus on top priorities. He served as a conduit between the administration and the university trustees – enhancing board relations and operations.
A native of Ohio, he grew up in Texas and moved to Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Arts degree with a focus in corporate and political communication from Florida Atlantic University.