Brogan now a finalist for FAU presidency


Published: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 9:47 p.m.
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic University's search committee chose Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan as one of three finalists for president Friday, though some questioned his lack of academic experience.
Brogan is the only finalist without a doctorate and experience teaching at the university level. If selected next Friday by FAU's board of trustees, he would become the only Florida public university president without those qualifications.
Search committee members pointed to Brogan's other valuable experience. He previously served as the state education commissioner before becoming Jeb Bush's lieutenant governor four years ago.
"Because of his national reputation in public education, he is a viable option," member Charles Garcia said.
FAU began its search for a new leader last year after Anthony Catanese resigned July 1 to become president of Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
The university announced in late November that the search process was moving too quickly and needed to be delayed. Soon after, Brogan expressed interest in the job. He was sworn into a second term as lieutenant governor two weeks ago, but has said he would resign if he gets the FAU job.
The other two finalists are Stanley Fish, liberal arts and sciences dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Thomas Hanley, engineering dean at the University of Louisville.
Though Brogan received the most votes from the search committee, some members expressed concern about his lack of academic experience.
"I cannot get past the academic side of the equation," member Dick Schmidt said. "That might not make the right statement."

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