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Thad serves as UCF’s Vice President for Partnerships and Chief Innovation Officer. The newly formed unit at the university brings together key functions that are core to its commitment to partnerships and innovation, focused on expanding the university’s work in the community and enhancing UCF’s ability to build the talent needed to strengthen and diversify Central Florida’s economy.  Thad previously served as Vice Provost for UCF Downtown and led the development of UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan in 2016. Thad 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.