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Former Pennsylvania university system leader assumes federal post

| Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:57 a.m.
Frank Brogan is chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Frank Brogan is chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Well, it took a while, but Frank Brogan, the former chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education finally has been sworn-in as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Brogan, who left his job as PASSHE chancellor in September, was nominated to the federal post in January.

Tuesday, six months after President Trump announced Brogan's nomination, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos congratulated him on being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The position harkens back to Brogan's days as a teacher and school administrator.

“Frank has spent much of his career tirelessly working on behalf of America's students,” DeVos said. “As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know he will be vital to our work here at the Department. I am delighted to finally have him on our team.”

Brogan was at the helm of PASSHE from 2013-2017. Prior to that, he was chancellor of the State University System of Florida and president of Florida Atlantic University. He was lieutenant governor of Florida under Jeb Bush, and previously served as Florida Commissioner of Education, overseeing the state's education system.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or derdley@tribweb.com or via Twitter @deberdley_trib

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