The chancellor of the State System of Higher Education, which oversees Pa’s 14 state-owned universities, announced his retirement Monday after four years in the role.
Frank T. Brogan will retire effective Sept. 1, according to a news release. The State System board of governors will name an interim chancellor as it conducts a national search for his successor.
“From the moment he arrived, Chancellor Brogan has shined a bright light on the challenges facing our universities and the State System — prompting important public dialogue about the need to do things differently,” said Board of Governors chair Cynthia D. Shapira in a news release. “Because of his leadership, we are better positioned to make important decisions about the future of our System.”
Mr. Brogan, 63, informed the board Wednesday, hours before the release of a consultant’s report about declining enrollment and financial struggles across the 14 universities.
Mr. Brogan’s salary is $345,758. There is no severance payment involved, said state system spokesman Kenn Marshall said. Mr. Marshall said the board will meet in the coming weeks to name an interim successor in advance of a search for a permanent replacement.
“I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done to better serve students today and far into the future,” Mr. Brogan said in a statement. “This is the System’s opportunity to make bold choices that will ensure our universities are here to meet the needs of our current and future students and the Commonwealth for decades to come, and beyond.”
Asked if the departure will have any impact on the system review and potential changes to any of the 14 universities, Mr. Marshall replied, “It shouldn’t.”
Mr. Brogan was not immediately available for comment beyond the statement.
University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallegher, who learned of the announcement just after his own board met, said he wishes Mr. Brogran well, noting he arrived in Pennsylvania with strong credential.
“My main reaction is this is going to be hard,” Mr. Gallagher said. “The state system is facing a lot of issues, with its comprehesive review, and now they’re facing a leadership change.”
Kenneth M. Mash, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which represents about 5,500 faculty members and coaches at State System schools, said the group is eager to move forward after the consultant’s recommendations were released.
“Leadership changes often provide opportunities for constructive changes,” he said. “One of the key recommendations of the (report) was that we all have to pull together to make our System work. We are anxious to work with the System so that we can fulfill the System’s mission to provide all Pennsylvanians with access to a high-quality education at an affordable cost.”