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FAU Trustees Approve President’s Contract Extension

            BOCA RATON, FL (September 16, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the contract extension of FAU President Frank T. Brogan.  The new contract commences on March 5, 2009 and extends for a six year period through March 4, 2015. 

            “I am humbled and honored to accept the high responsibility of leading Florida Atlantic University for another six years.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Board of Trustees for the confidence they have placed in me and for their unfailing dedication to the growth and development of our university,” said Brogan.  “There is nowhere I would rather be at this point in my career than right here at FAU as this vibrant, young university moves into a future filled with opportunities that were undreamt just a short time ago.  As a graduate of FAU, I take tremendous personal pride in the university’s achievements, and I enthusiastically embrace the challenge of taking my alma mater to the next level of excellence.”

                “President Brogan has provided strong, effective, goal-oriented leadership to Florida Atlantic University during the past six years,” said FAU Board of Trustees Chair Nancy Blosser. “I join the rest of the Board of Trustees in applauding his many accomplishments. We look forward to continuing to work closely with him for the next six years, as FAU moves forward on a host of important fronts, including student enrollment at all levels, research activity and community engagement.”

            Brogan is credited with numerous accomplishments during his tenure that began March 3, 2003, including elevating the University’s academic standards and public stature; maximizing investment in education through collaborations with private organizations such as The Scripps Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Max Planck Florida Corporation, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and others; acquiring the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute; providing additional opportunity to students with the advancement of a more traditional university; reconstructing the university strategic plan, a plan that provides a vision and goals for the university through the year 2013; and leading the university through various emergency situations by launching new emergency communications systems and procedures.

“During his six years at the helm of his alma mater, Frank Brogan has shown himself to be a truly dedicated and highly capable chief executive officer of a very large, complex institution,” said BOT Vice Chair Scott Adams. “We have worked together a great deal during his first term of office, and he will use knowledge born of experience to guide FAU through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Brogan has been an active member and participant in community and professional development activities, including serving as chair of the Governor’s Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform, president of the Sun Belt Conference, member of the Board of Directors of the NCAA, and a representative on the financials task group created by the chancellor of the state university system of Florida.

“President Brogan is tremendously popular with FAU’s student body because they recognize that his concern for them is real. During the deep budget cuts that the university has taken over the past year, I’ve heard him say again and again that the top priority must be protecting its core academic functions,” said Student Government President and trustee member Abe Cohen. “He is unequivocally committed to the principle that the university’s students are its most important constituency, and I am sure he will continue to serve their interests during his second term as president.”

“Leading a university of FAU’s size and complexity is a monumental task, particularly during a time of fiscal crisis, and President Brogan has shown great ability and resourcefulness in dealing with the challenges of the past six years,” said FAU Faculty Senate President and trustee member Eric H. Shaw, Ph.D. “He has presided over a period of unprecedented growth at FAU particularly in the realm of biomedical research, as he has concluded partnership agreements with Scripps Florida, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and, most recently, the Max Planck Society. There can be no doubt that he has served FAU and all of South Florida well. The future of FAU is in good hands with Frank Brogan in the president’s office.”     

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