By Fred L. Jones, Jr.
Frank T Brogan serves as the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2018, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 11, 2017.
Brogan most recently served as chancellor of Pennsylvania’s public universities. He began his career as a fifth-grade teacher in Martin County, Florida, and later served as a dean of students, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent before being elected Florida’s commissioner of education in 1994. Brogan continued his advocacy for public education when he was elected to serve as lieutenant governor of Florida in 1998 and 2002. After five years in that role, he was named president of Florida Atlantic University, a position he held until 2009, when he was selected to serve as chancellor of Florida’s public universities.
A native of Ohio, Brogan was the first member of his family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in education magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Courtney, have a 13-year-old son.
Tulsa County Commissioner Stan Sallee also attended the historic visit with stated: “Proud to have attended a tour today at Booker T Washington with the the U.S. Department of Education, Assistant Secretary of Education, Frank Brogan. Secretary Brogan was impressed with our faculty and students that continue to represent the high standards of Booker T Washington.”
Brogan was given a true look in at Booker T. student life and stated that he could tell in his heart that this was:”Booker T. Washington is truly a great high school program.”