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Chancellor Search Updates

Florida higher education leader selected as next PASSHE chancellor

August 7, 2013

The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has selected Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, to serve as PASSHE’s next chancellor. He will assume the position on October 1.
The selection of Mr. Brogan to serve as the fourth chancellor in PASSHE’s nearly 31-year history comes at the conclusion of a six-month-long search that attracted interest from several hundred potential candidates.
Frank T. Brogan“We were humbled with the level of interest in the chancellor’s position,” said Board of Governors Chairman Guido M. Pichini, who chaired the search committee. “We received several hundred inquiries from individuals throughout the United States and even some from outside the country.  It demonstrates the high regard with which our system is held.”
The chancellor search focused on recruiting an “experienced leader who, from day one, can guide the System through the rapidly changing higher education landscape,” Mr. Pichini said. “We were looking for a strong administrator and a transformational leader who will collaborate with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders representing divergent views on what is best for our students and their families.
“Frank Brogan will be that leader.” Mr. Pichini continued. “He has had an impressive record of success throughout his career. He understands the many complexities and challenges facing public higher education and the vital role public universities play both in preparing students for a lifetime of their own success and in ensuring the economic vitality of the state. We are excited about him becoming our next chancellor.”
Prior to serving as chancellor of Florida’s 335,000-student public university system, Mr. Brogan was president of Florida Atlantic University, lieutenant governor of Florida and Florida’s Commissioner of Education.
“I am excited to join PASSHE in its commitment to provide high-quality, affordable higher educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s families. Balancing quality and accessibility has been my top priority in Florida and should be the mission of every good public university,” said Mr. Brogan.
Widely recognized in Florida for his lifelong career in education, Mr. Brogan said he is excited about this new opportunity. “My family and I are looking forward to writing this next chapter of our lives in Pennsylvania—working with these 14 remarkable universities as they help shape the future of this great Commonwealth,” he said.
Mr. Brogan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic University. His academic career began in 1978 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. Mr. Brogan 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 took office as Florida's chancellor in 2009—a time of deep acrimony between the Florida Legislature and the Board of Governors. His tenure brought a welcome sense of stability for the system. Relationships with the Florida Legislature have been restored as evidenced by this year’s reversal of a previous $300 million budget cut and the addition of more than $400 million in new funding for operations, facilities and maintenance.
The board and legislature have worked together to implement a number of priorities, including establishing a path for universities to reach “preeminent” status and creating the nation's first fully online institute operated by a public research university.  Mr. Brogan led the development of a new strategic plan that includes 39 distinct benchmarks — an integral part of Florida’s new nationally recognized accountability framework that tracks progress of university and system goals.  The university system increased enrollment by 7 percent, increased degree production by 12 percent and saw record high attainment in academic standards, graduation rates, national rankings and research.
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 systemwide goals for improved quality, accessibility and accountability.
PASSHE was one of the first public university systems in the nation to voluntarily adopt performance funding for its universities when it did so more than a decade ago. The program remains a centerpiece of the State System’s accountability efforts.
Florida education leaders offered high praise for Mr. Brogan’s work over the past four years:
“Florida’s university system has experienced a renaissance, and we want to thank Chancellor Brogan for his leadership, commitment and vision as he worked side-by-side with the Board of Governors to move us forward. As a public servant, Frank Brogan is Florida's top export, and we will all miss him,” said Board Chair Dean Colson of Miami.
University of North Florida President John Delaney said that because Mr. Brogan had been a university president, he understands the front-line challenges that universities face. “Pennsylvania is getting a good person, a great chancellor and a remarkable leader. He knows the realities of daily life on campus and can translate that knowledge into good public policy,” said Mr. Delaney.
During his interview, Mr. Brogan made presentations to various constituency groups that participated in the PASSHE selection process, including university presidents and trustees, union leaders and representatives of community and business groups. He talked about the important role public universities play in their communities, including serving as “engines of economic development that can transform a flagging economy as they fulfill their primary mission centered on teaching and learning, service and discovery.”
“An important role for the Chancellor is to be the system’s number-one advocate for securing the resources that our faculty and staff need to deliver the world-class experience our students deserve,” Mr. Brogan said. “That means making a case for reinvestment in our university system. With good data and clear communication, we can continue to demonstrate to our partners in the General Assembly and in the community that PASSHE institutions provide an impressive return on investment.”
Gov. Tom Corbett congratulated Mr. Brogan on his selection and said he looked forward to working with him as PASSHE’s next chancellor.
“I feel confident that he will lead PASSHE on its continuing mission of providing accessible, affordable and top quality education for our students, preparing them to compete in the global economy for job opportunities in the future,’’ the governor said.
Mr. Pichini expressed his gratitude to all of the individuals who assisted the search committee, including those who met with the candidates and provided their input prior to the selection. “The efforts of those who took the time to participate helped ensure the search and selection process was a success,” he said.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with about 115,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. About 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia Multi University Center in Philadelphia.

Chancellor Search Update

July 12, 2013

The Chancellor Search Committee has completed the initial round of interviews of applicants seeking to become the next chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and is preparing for the final steps in the selection process.

The initial round of interviews was conducted June 27 and 28 in Philadelphia following an extensive review of information submitted by and on behalf of chancellor applicants. The committee then met in Harrisburg July 11 to review the applicants’ references and to further narrow the field of possible candidates. Those selected for final interviews will meet with a variety of constituency groups July 23 and 24. Among those who will meet with the candidates over the two-day period will be Gov. Tom Corbett and representatives of the PASSHE Foundation Executive Board, the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT) Executive Board, PASSHE university presidents and union leaders and business community leaders.

The candidates will be formally interviewed by the Board of Governors July 25, after which the Board will discuss the candidates and review the feedback received by the various constituency groups.

The selection of the next chancellor would be expected soon after.

Chancellor Search Committee schedules first interviews

June 14, 2013

The Chancellor Search Committee met by conference call four times during late May and early June to review the search process, to discuss prospects and to develop the interview procedures that will be used in the selection of the next chancellor. PASSHE Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations Gary Dent and representatives of Greenwood/Asher & Associates also participated in the meetings.

The committee will meet again with Greenwood/Asher on June 18 to review leading prospects for consideration. The committee will select candidates for preliminary review and discuss interview strategies.

The initial round of interviews with the candidates is scheduled for June 27 and 28. It is anticipated continuing candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Governors in late July.

Chancellor Search Committee gathers input at constituent forums, develops position profile

April 22, 2013

The Chancellor Search Committee met by conference call four times during late May and early June to review the search process, to discuss prospects and to develop the interview procedures that will be used in the selection of the next chancellor. PASSHE Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations Gary Dent and representatives of Greenwood/Asher & Associates also participated in the meetings.

The committee will meet again with Greenwood/Asher on June 18 to review leading prospects for consideration. The committee will select candidates for preliminary review and discuss interview strategies.

The initial round of interviews with the candidates is scheduled for June 27 and 28. It is anticipated continuing candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Governors in late July.

Message from Chairman Pichini

March 21, 2013

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and its 14 member universities play a vital role in the Commonwealth, helping to ensure its economic future by preparing tomorrow’s leaders in a vast array of career fields. The success of our students is paramount.

Strong leadership is essential, not only for the benefit of our students, but for all of Pennsylvania. As we embark on the process of selecting a new chancellor for PASSHE, the Board of Governors is committed to finding a leader who will provide strategic direction for the System while also serving as a strong advocate for our students and universities in advancing the goals of PASSHE with the Legislature and Governor, as well as with community and business leaders.

The chancellor’s search committee comprises the executive committee of the Board of Governors. In order to ensure a successful search, we will engage all of our campus constituencies – students, faculty, staff and administrators – as well as PASSHE university alumni; business, community and civic leaders; and others throughout the process. The more input we can gather, the better we can define the type of leader we all are looking for.

Over the next several weeks, we will conduct meetings with the various constituency groups, at which we will listen and learn. Several planning meetings already have been held to begin the process, and we also have engaged the services of an executive search firm to assist us.

As Board chairman, I promise a thorough and exhaustive search. Information on the progress of the search will be provided as we move forward. Regular updates will be posted on this website.

PASSHE’s next chancellor will take on the enormous challenge of leading our public university system at a time of historic change for higher education. It is our challenge to ensure we find the best individual to take on that role.

Guido M. Pichini
Chairman, Board of Governors

Constituent Forums to begin April 10

March 21, 2013

Constituent Forums will be held with various groups to gather ideas and suggestions regarding the key attributes desired of the next PASSHE chancellor.  These meetings will provide an opportunity for a number of constituent groups to share their thoughts and ideas about the Chancellor’s position profile, and the important attributes needed in order to fulfill this important role of moving PASSHE forward as a higher education leader.
PASSHE is facing a series of new realities, including differing views about federal and state funding, growing concerns about the total cost of attendance for students, shifting enrollment and demographic patterns, changing student expectations in the areas of teaching and learning and evolving higher education public policy. We want to add your “voice” to this dialogue as the Chancellor profile is being developed and the search for the next leader of PASSHE begins.
Groups invited to participate in the Forums are members of the Board of Governors, PASSHE university presidents, PASSHE executive and non-executive staff, union leadership, University Senate leaders, representatives of the PASSHE Foundation, members of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT) and community business leaders.

Search Committee Planning Meeting with Greenwood/Asher

March 8, 2013

The Chancellor Search Committee held its first formal planning meeting with Greenwood/Asher on March 8 at the Dixon University Center.  A comprehensive discussion was held laying out the essential elements of a thorough recruitment plan from end to end.  Over the next several weeks, PASSHE constituents will be invited to participate in forums to provide the search committee with their input regarding the profile of the next chancellor.  This site will be our key means of providing updates on the progress of the search and recruitment process.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their information to Greenwood/Asher.​

Greenwood/Asher Selected as Search Consultant

March 1, 2013

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. was selected by the search committee to begin the process of developing the chancellor search strategy, profile, and timeline.