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Brogan one of 3 left in FAU's hunt

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January 25, 2003

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 experience as the state's elected 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.

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.

Anthony Catanese resigned as FAU president July 1 to become president of Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Brogan first expressed interest in the job soon after the university announced in late November that the search for a new president was moving too quickly and would be delayed. Brogan was sworn in to a second term as lieutenant governor two weeks ago. He has said he will resign if he gets the FAU job.

Though Brogan received more votes from the search committee than any other finalist, 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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