Frank Brogan

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Frank Brogan
Frank Brogan official photo.jpg
Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education
Assumed office
June 26, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDeborah S. Delisle
4th Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
In office
October 1, 2013 – September 1, 2017
Preceded byJohn C. Cavanaugh
Succeeded byKaren M. Whitney (interim)
10th Chancellor of the
State University System of Florida
In office
September 14, 2009 – September 30, 2013
Preceded byJohn Delaney
Succeeded byMarshall Criser III
5th President of
Florida Atlantic University
In office
March 4, 2003 – September 13, 2009
Preceded byAnthony Catanese
Succeeded byMary Jane Saunders
15th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
In office
January 5, 1999 – March 3, 2003
GovernorJeb Bush
Preceded byBuddy MacKay
Succeeded byToni Jennings
17th Education Commissioner of Florida
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 5, 1999
GovernorLawton Chiles
Buddy MacKay
Preceded byDoug Jamerson
Succeeded byTom Gallagher
Personal details
Born (1953-09-06) September 6, 1953 (age 65)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Mary Brogan
(m. 1976; died 1999)

Courtney Strickland (m. 2002)
Alma materUniversity of Cincinnati
Florida Atlantic University
ProfessionAcademic Administrator

Frank T. Brogan (born September 6, 1953) is the former Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (who retired on September 1, 2017),[1] former Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, and former President of Florida Atlantic University. He was also the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Florida. Brogan is a longtime educator who served eight years in statewide office. On June 25, 2018, Brogan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Education (Elementary and Secondary Education).[2][3] He succeeded Deborah S. Delisle.[4]


In 1976, Frank Brogan became the first member in his family to earn a college degree when he received his bachelor's degree in education magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati. In 1981, he earned his Master of Arts in Educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

Early career[edit]


Brogan began his education career in 1978 in the Martin County, Florida public school district. His first job was teaching fifth grade at Port Salerno Elementary School. It was while teaching at this school that he earned his master's degree in 1981.

Brogan next focused his career on educational administration. He went on to serve as the Dean of Students at Indiantown Middle School, and then assistant principal, and principal of Murray Middle School. While an administrator, Brogan negotiated a gun away from a student. Brogan was eventually elected to two terms as the Superintendent of Schools in Martin County.


Brogan's Florida Lt. Governor portrait

In 1994, Brogan was elected Florida Commissioner of Education. In this position he oversaw all education activities in Florida and served as a member of the Florida Cabinet, which oversaw various aspects of state government. He was the youngest education commissioner in Florida's history.

Brogan was seeking a second term as Education Commissioner when, in 1998, Jeb Bush asked him to be his running mate as lieutenant governor. The Bush/Brogan team won the general election. As lieutenant governor, Brogan oversaw education policy and acted as legislative liaison for the Bush Administration. Bush and Brogan were re-elected in 2002; Brogan departed to become president of FAU in 2003.

Florida Atlantic University[edit]

Brogan in 2003
Brogan holding a bald eagle in 2009

Brogan became the fifth president of Florida Atlantic University in 2003 and was reappointed by the FAU Board of Trustees to a second six-year term, which began in 2009, although Brogan quit this position the same year to become Chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Recognizing the region's strong potential to become a center of biomedical research, Brogan has placed special emphasis on creating partnerships between the University and leading research organizations.

He fostered relationships with organizations such as The Scripps Research Institute, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, the Max Planck Society and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. Additionally, FAU entered into a unique public/private medical school partnership that resulted in the introduction of a complete, four-year medical education program on FAU's Boca Raton campus and the creation of FAU's independent medical school in 2010.

During Brogan's initial six-year term, the university developed its first-ever comprehensive strategic plan, which has provided a roadmap for progress since its inception in 2006. He oversaw the largest physical development of the university's campuses as new facilities were built to serve FAU’s undergraduate and graduate population, which surpassed 27,000 for the first time. He presided over the early planning stages of "Innovation Village" on the Boca Raton campus, which doubled the amount of on-campus housing while adding the wellness center, alumni center, football stadium, retail space and additional parking. The stadium and most of these features were developed and completed in the years after Brogan left FAU. In 2009 Brogan became chancellor of the State University System and resigned as president of FAU.

State University System of Florida[edit]

Brogan took office as Florida's university system chancellor in 2009 during a time of deep acrimony between the Florida Legislature and the Board of Governors. As the longest-serving chancellor since the creation of the Board of Governors in 2003, his tenure brought a welcome stability for the system. During his tenure, relationships with the Florida Legislature were restored, as evidenced by the landmark governance agreement of 2010 that provided clarity regarding oversight of the university system.

Meanwhile, the university system demonstrated significant progress in providing access to high-quality higher education. During his tenure, the 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.

The board approved a new 2025 Strategic Plan that includes 39 key performance benchmarks, which is an integral part of Florida's nationally recognized accountability framework that tracks progress of university and system goals. This was part of Brogan's goal for Florida to have "the most accountable university system in America."

During the 2013 legislative session in particular, the university system took several major steps toward further excellence. The board and Legislature worked together to implement a number of top priorities, including establishing a path for universities to reach preeminent status, creating the nation's first fully online institute operated by a public research university, and providing a platform for a performance-funding model that fosters the unique mission of each institution while advancing system goals. The state legislature reversed an earlier $300 million budget cut and added more than $400 million in new funding for operations, facilities and maintenance.

In October 2013, Brogan left his post as Chancellor of the State University System of Florida to serve as the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.[5] [6]

Under his leadership of the PASSHE, the membership of the faculty union, APSCUF, which represents more than 5000 teachers, went on strike for the first time in 34 years, after working for more than 13 months without a contract.[7][8]


  1. ^ Sheehan, Daniel Patrick. "Frank Brogan, PASSHE chancellor, retires on heels of critical report". Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Welcomes Frank Brogan as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education - U.S. Department of Education". Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Former State System chancellor confirmed to fill top post in U.S. education department". Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "PN1328 - Nomination of Frank T. Brogan for Department of Education, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". June 25, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Nielsen, Allison. "Frank Brogan leaves Florida university system, heads for Pennsylvania". Sunshine State News. Archived from the original on August 20, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Tia. "Frank Brogan, Chancellor of Florida's university system, leaving". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Reinhard, Katherine. "Strike at state universities ends after three days". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Strike ends; Faculty union, state reach tentative agreement". WGAL. January 4, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Jamerson
Education Commissioner of Florida
1995 – 1999
Succeeded by
Tom Gallagher
Preceded by
Buddy MacKay
Lieutenant Governor of Florida
1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Toni Jennings
Academic offices
Preceded by
Anthony Catanese
President of Florida Atlantic University
2003 – 2009
Succeeded by
Mary Jane Saunders
Preceded by
John Delaney
10th Chancellor of the
State University System of Florida

2009 – 2017
Succeeded by
Karen M. Whitney (interim)