Thad Seymour was selected as interim president by UCF’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 21, 2019. Thad also serves as UCF’s Vice President for Partnerships and Chief Innovation Officer, focused on expanding and deepening the university’s partnerships and enhancing UCF’s ability to cultivate the talent needed to strengthen and diversify Central Florida’s economy.
Prior to his current role, Thad spent two years leading efforts to bring UCF Downtownto life and positioning the campus, which will open in August, as an innovative model of 21st-century higher education. Before that, he led the development of UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan, which was unanimously approved by the UCF Board of Trustees in May 2016.
Before UCF, Thad’s three-decade business career included senior executive roles with large healthcare and technology companies, as well as multiple early stage businesses. As senior vice president of Tavistock Development Company, he led strategy and business development for Lake Nona Medical City and helped bring more than $3 billion in health and life sciences investment to the fast-growing innovation cluster. Thad also led the recruitment of the United States Tennis Association to Orlando to build the nation’s largest tennis complex, and founded and served as president of the Lake Nona Institute, a not-for-profit organization committed to driving innovative collaboration among Lake Nona’s diverse partners, including health and wellness, education and sustainability. It also hosts the widely acclaimed annual Lake Nona Impact Forum.