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Universities say good-bye to Frank Brogan, welcome interim chancellor

Chancellor Frank Brogan attended his final board meeting today before leaving for Pennsylvania at the end of this month.

He choked up during a brief good-bye speech, telling the people attending the Board of Governors meeting, "You have all made me a better man."

There were also laughs during Brogan's farewell. The university presidents and board members made video tributes, and Brogan's spokeswoman dug up a hilarious Press Skits video from his tenure as lieutenant governor.

In the video, Brogan and running mate Jeb Bush made a parody of the intro to late '70s/early '80s sitcom "Laverne & Shirley." The men danced hand-in-hand and rode tandem on a bicycle in the Captiol courtyard.

After Brogan said farewell, the board quickly approved naming his replacement: Vice Chancellor Jan Ignash. In addition to serving indefinitely as interim chancellor, Ignash will remain the system's chief academic officer. She did not address the board after the vote. She did not address the board after the vote but provided the Herald/Times a statement via email after the meeting.

"The Board of Governors has been hard at work on a number of important initiatives for the system, as evidenced by our jam-packed meeting today. I'm gratified the board has confidence in me to ensure that our forward momentum continues both during the transition and beyond," she said.

Bernie Machen was also reappointed president at University of Florida, a procedural vote needed since Machen decided to postpone retirement, until at least Dec. 31, 2014.