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Respected community leader and strategist Thad Seymour, Jr. has been named the new vice provost of Downtown UCF.

In fall 2015, he became the senior adviser to the Strategic Planning Commission, which has been actively working to set UCF’s trajectory for the next two decades. Seymour, along with other professionals, is currently working to explore the university’s impact on the community through "philosophy, value and distinctive impact."

“With that plan expected to be complete this summer, Thad will transition his focus in the coming months to the downtown campus, where he will manage the project and push for innovation in everything from construction to classroom teaching,” Provost Dale Whittaker said in a press release. “With our downtown program leaders, Thad will help develop strategic partnerships with academia, industry and public agencies to make this new campus a national model for higher education innovation.”

Seymour’s slew of professional accomplishments include helping to develop the Lake Nona Medical City, serving as president of the Lake Nona Institute and co-founding the Lake Nona Impact Forum.

Whittaker said Seymour will not replace any academic leadership at Downtown UCF.

“He will take a holistic approach to developing this 21st century urban learning hub with our UCF and Valencia colleagues, the city of Orlando and other partners," Whittaker said in the release. "At UCF Downtown, we will do things differently — from leadership to learning — to make the greatest impact on our community.”

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Shana Medel is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. You can reach her ShanaM@centralfloridaufuture.com.

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