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PRESS RELEASE: Board of Governors chairman recommends chief academic officer as interim chancellor
TALLAHASSEE—Board of Governors Chairman Dean Colson, of Miami, today announced he will recommend Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Jan Ignash as interim chancellor beginning Oct. 1. The board will consider Colson’s recommendation at its meeting Sept. 12.
“We are fortunate to have a seasoned academic leader on our team to fill in as interim chancellor while we conduct a national search. As chief academic officer, Dr. Ignash is already involved in the board's most important initiatives, such as its Access and Attainment Commission, the development of a performance-funding model and the expansion of online learning," said Colson. "She will help keep the train squarely on the tracks as we move forward on these and other critical system issues."
“The university system is experiencing a remarkable level of stability and success as we advance on a number of fronts," said Vice Chairman Mori Hosseini, of Daytona Beach. "We want to thank Dr. Ignash for her willingness to expand her responsibilities during this critical time of transition so that we can continue our upward momentum."
If approved by the full Board of Governors at its Sept. 12 meeting, Ignash will assume her temporary additional duties Oct. 1 when Frank T. Brogan leaves after a four-year tenure as chancellor.
In August it was announced that Brogan was chosen to serve as the chancellor of the state university system of Pennsylvania. His last day on the Florida Board of Governors staff will be Sept. 30.
Said Brogan: “Jan has been a game-changer for our staff since arriving 18 months ago. Her lifetime of experience on and off campus has made her an excellent chief academic officer and will serve her well in leading the staff during the search for a permanent chancellor.”
Ignash joined the board in 2012 after serving as chief academic officer for the State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. Her experience spans three decades in education at both state and campus levels. From 1994 to 1999, Ignash worked at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She has also taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels—earning tenure at the University of South Florida. She earned a Ph.D. in education from UCLA and master's and bachelor's degrees from Michigan State University.
“Over the past few years, it has been exciting to see Florida make a positive impression on the national stage thanks to the hard work of the board and our universities,” said Ignash, who while serving as interim will continue her role as chief academic officer and will not apply for the permanent chancellor position. "At some point in the future, we will welcome a new chancellor, having ensured forward progress on our top priorities while further strengthening the ties that bind us together as a system.”
Colson said he will appoint a search committee following the September board meeting. He will direct the committee to provide recommendations for the search process, including a timeline, at the board’s next meeting in November.
"Our university system is well positioned to attract another first-rate leader to serve as chancellor," Colson said. "Whoever that is, he or she will arrive knowing that Florida is serious about providing access to high-quality, affordable higher education."
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