Board to begin search for Interim President, Vice President Thad Seymour will lead UCF during transition period~
ORLANDO, Feb. 21, 2019 – The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees today accepted the resignation of President Dale Whittaker. Whittaker, who served as UCF’s fifth president, will leave office immediately.
The Board’s acceptance of the resignation is subject to a settlement agreement with President Whittaker that will be determined in the weeks ahead. The agreement will be negotiated by the Chairman and based on recommendations from the Nominating and Governance Committee.
“President Whittaker stated in his offer to resign his presidency that sometimes the finest leadership decisions are those that entrust future leadership to others. He has concluded that for UCF to heal wounds new leadership is required. Our loss will be some other institution’s great gain,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Garvy. “Dale Whittaker has demonstrated great courage and sacrifice for the students, faculty and administration at UCF. I believe we should honor his thoughtful and thoroughly considered offer to resign in the hope that the relationship between UCF and the Florida legislature can be renewed.”
The Board moved to immediately begin the search for UCF’s Interim President and to work in conjunction with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The AGB, which instills best practices in governance and provides leadership and counsel to university policy-makers across the country, has a search division available to provide support.
Selection of a long-term Interim President requires approval of both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors. The Board named Thad Seymour as UCF’s Interim President for the transition period.
Seymour, who has a reputation for leadership and consensus building, joined UCF in Fall 2015 to help lead UCF’s strategic planning process. He was then entrusted with another major undertaking as Vice Provost for UCF Downtown, one of the most transformational initiatives in UCF’s history. Seymour currently serves as Vice President for Partnerships and Chief Innovation Officer.
Prior to joining UCF, Seymour led strategic planning and business development for Lake Nona Medical City as senior vice president at Tavistock Development Company. He also served as president of the Lake Nona Institute and co-founded the Lake Nona Impact Forum, which annually attracts thought leaders from around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, a Master of Arts and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.