Florida Lieutenant Governor Earns Education Alumni Honors
Date: Oct. 24, 2000
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News
Cincinnati -- University of Cincinnati alumnus Frank T. Brogan, the lieutenant governor of Florida, will receive the College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Award during a brunch at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at UC's Kingsgate Conference Center.
The 47-year-old Brogan graduated from UC in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Before his career in politics, Brogan's work in education included service as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He was the youngest and first Republican to serve as commissioner for education in the state of Florida.
Brogan's degree from the University of Cincinnati made him the first in his family to graduate from college. Born Sept. 6, 1953 in Lafayette, Indiana, Brogan's family moved to Cincinnati in 1955. One of six children raised by a single working mother, Brogan grew up in Blue Ash, attended All Saints School, and graduated in 1971 from Moeller High School before attending UC.
Brogan dedicated his career to serving as an advocate for public education and he has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the 1996 Civil Rights Award in Education, the 1998 Child Advocate of the Year and the Florida School Boards Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. "He was selected to receive the (UC) award because of his service to education in the state of Florida," says Carol Livingston, assistant dean for alumni affairs, College of Education.
"He started out as a fifth grade teacher and continued to excel in educational administration. After he was named Superintendent of the Year, he ran for Florida commissioner of education and was tapped by Jeb Bush to be Bush's running mate when he was running for governor," says Livingston.
Ron Sterling, UC associate professor of teacher education, remembers he was just starting his career at UC when Brogan became Sterling's student and friend. "I'm not at all surprised that Frank has accomplished so much," says Sterling. "He was a great student, and he really enjoyed the classroom and also enjoyed people. He was very humorous, very outgoing, and was a lot of fun to be around."