The board that oversees Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has named university executive and former Florida lieutenant governor Frank Brogan as the new chancellor of the State System of Higher Education.
The system's Board of Governors made the selection of Brogan, who was Florida's lieutenant governor for two terms and led that state's university system since 2009, over two other finalists on Wednesday after a secretive search process.
"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 and serves as president of Berks County-based Security Guards Inc. "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."
Brogan will be the fourth chancellor to lead the nation's 13th largest public university system, enrolling about 115,000 students.
"I am excited to join PASSHE in its commitment to provide high-quality, affordable higher educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s families," Brogan said. "Balancing quality and accessibility has been my top priority in Florida and should be the mission of every good public university."
The chancellor's position is the highest-paid job in state government. The previous chancellor, John Cavanaugh, was earning $327,500 when he stepped down in February.
The state-owned universities include East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Millersville and West Chester.