Thad served as Interim President of UCF from February 2019 until April 2020. Thad was previously UCF’s Vice President for Partnerships and Chief Innovation Officer and also led the effort to build UCF’s Downtown campus. His first role at the university was to lead the development of UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan, completed in Spring 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 Tavis Tock 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 that 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 created and served as founding president of the Lake Nona Institute, which hosts the widely acclaimed annual Lake Nona Impact Forum focused on health innovation. Prior to Tavistock Thad was vice president of marketing and strategy at Curascript, a subsidiary of Express Scripts, which had acquired Priority Healthcare where he had quarterbacked the $1.3 billion transaction as vice president of corporate development.
Thad has served on the board of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Visit Orlando, and BioFlorida. He is a past chair of the statewide Florida Research Consortium, StarterStudio, a nonprofit entrepreneurial support and co-working organization in downtown Orlando, and Shepherd’s Hope, which provides free medical care to more than 20,000 uninsured patients throughout Central Florida.
Thad holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD, both in History, from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and his wife, Katie, have three grown children.