Education

THAD SEYMOUR JR.

former interim PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, ORLANDO

Seymour, who left his interim president’s role at UCF this year as Alexander Cartwright took over, is credited with stabilizing the school after a series of scandals, including misuse of appropriated funds and a bribery investigation involving three faculty members at the school’s Institute for Simulation and Training. Before coming to UCF, Seymour had been senior vice president of Tavistock Development, where he led strategy and business development for Lake Nona Medical City and helped attract more than $3 billion in health and life sciences investments. He also led the recruitment of the United States Tennis Association to Orlando and founded and served as president of the Lake Nona Institute, a not-for-profit organization that drives innovative collaboration at Lake Nona.

After retiring briefly, he was hired by UCF to oversee the development of UCF’s downtown campus. When the school’s former president resigned amid the appropriations controversy, the UCF board asked him to serve as interim president.

Seymour has an undergrad degree from Dartmouth College, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Northwestern University. His late father was president of Rollins College.

He served as a board member of BioFlorida and was the 2015 recipient of the BioFlorida Leadership Award. He has also served on the board of Visit Orlando and the president’s advisory council of Valencia College. “I believe that a true innovation economy is built on three things: Talent, ideas and capital. As we focus throughout the state on diversifying our economy by building and growing knowledge-based industries, we must invest in our universities as the essential talent and idea engines for that new economy,” he says.

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Florida Polytechnic University

Alberto Carvalho

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

GRANT H. CORNWELL

ROLLINS COLLEGE

Tim Cost

Jacksonville University

Marshall Criser III

State University System

STEVEN CURRALL

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Julio Frenk

University of Miami

Kent Fuchs

University of Florida

BRENT GOLDMAN

XCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY

Jonathan Hage

Charter Schools USA

George Hanbury

Nova Southeastern University

FEDRICK INGRAM

FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Garry Jones

Full Sail University

John Kelly

Florida Atlantic University

Anne Kerr

Florida Southern College

John Kirtley

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Greg Marino

Kaplan Higher Education

Andres Moreno

Open Education

Ava Parker

Palm Beach State College

Mark Rosenberg

Florida International University

MARTHA D. SAUNDERS

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Larry Thompson

Ringling College of Art and Design

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa