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Search is on for temporary leader for state universities


The Board of Governors has less than a month to decide who will serve as interim chancellor after Frank Brogan leaves for Pennsylvania. No decisions have been made yet, but a former state representative who currently heads a private college is rumored to be the favored candidate.

Bill Proctor served in the House for eight years, until 2012, including stints as chairman of the Education Committee and the higher education subcommittee.

He served as president of Flagler College in St. Augustine from 1971 to 2001, when he was given the title of the college's chancellor that he still holds. Proctor also served on the state's Board of Education, spent several months as Florida State University's interim athletics director and has a half-century of experience in education.

Now, insiders say 80-year-old Proctor is being courted by those searching for Brogan's replacement. Brogan announced last week he was stepping down to take a similar job in Pennsylvania.

The selection will be made by the state Board of Governors on or before its Sept. 12 meeting.

"We’re still early in the process, and we look forward to naming a qualified interim chancellor in the coming weeks," Chairman Dean Colson said via email.

Proctor told the Times/Herald this week that he has had informal conversations with friends about whether he was interested in serving as interim chancellor but denied being offered the job. He said his work at Flagler keeps him plenty busy.

The other name percolating is University of North Florida President John Delaney, who served as interim chancellor for a year before Brogan was selected.  

Delaney told the Times/Herald that he doesn't think he will be tapped this time.

"I think they're trying to look in other places and I respect and appreciate it," he said. "I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing."