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 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.