Get to Know Your Trustees

Get to Know Your Trustees

The board of trustees ensures UCF’s future is bright by providing governance and guidance to the president and establishing the mission and priorities of the university.

By Laura J. Cole

Marcos Marchena, ’82

Senior partner, Marchena and Graham, PA
Chairman, UCF Board of Trustees
On the board since 2011

I serve because… “I am a first-generation student, and I can very clearly connect the impact of my life to the education I received partly here at UCF.”

My service on the board… “has made me realize that the amount of money expended does not necessarily equate to higher quality. Having a well-funded university is important to being able to carry out programs, but I have seen UCF do great things with a limited budget.”

The key to getting things done is… “having the information we need to make decisions. The board of trustees is always going to be criticized for some decision we make. I’m OK with that as long as we are confident that we made the decision based on a full review of all of the information that needed to be taken into account.”


Robert Garvy

Founder and chairman emeritus, INTECH
Vice Chair, UCF Board of Trustees
On the board since 2011

The biggest impact UCF has made is… “its profound economic effect on all of Central Florida. It now is part of every discussion of economic development, intellectual development, artistic development [and] scientific development. Everything that happens now in the Central Florida region typically will involve some discussion of UCF and its potential involvement.”

I am most passionate about… “controlling the costs of higher education. Introducing innovative and creative ways of delivering education in a modern technological era is something I think we have taken a national lead in and can develop much more in the years ahead to help control those costs.”

It is important to me that… “students feel free to communicate with trustees on the issues they think are important and meaningful to their education and to the direction of the university. We want to understand what’s on their minds.”


Alex Martins, ’01

CEO, Orlando Magic
Member, UCF Board of Trustees
On the board since 2013

I serve because… “the university has given so much to me. I received my M.B.A. from UCF in 2001, and if it weren’t for that experience, I wouldn’t be sitting in the seat I’m in today as the CEO of the Orlando Magic.”

The thing I enjoy most about serving UCF is… “[that] these are dynamic times at UCF with incredible change and growth, and with that comes a lot of decisions to be made. … That’s something that keeps me energized and something that is exciting for me to participate in.”

As a trustee, I’m most proud… “when I go to a State [University System] Board of Governors meeting and see what’s happening at UCF as compared to the other universities in the state and when I see Dr. Hitt commended by the Board of Governors for the tremendous job he’s doing. When you have a leader like that, our job as trustees is a lot easier.”


Board of Trustees

BOT-Marchena
Marcos Marchena, ’82

Senior partner, Marchena and Graham, PA
Chairman, UCF Board of Trustees
Appointed in 2011


BOT-Garvy
Robert Garvy

Founder and chairman emeritus, INTECH
Vice Chair, UCF Board of Trustees
Appointed in 2011


BOT-Bradley
Kenneth Bradley

CEO, Winter Park Memorial Hospital
Appointed in 2016


BOT-Clarence-Thomas
Clarence H. Brown III, M.D.

Former president and CEO, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando
Appointed in 2013


BOT-Conte
Joseph Conte

President and CEO, Consulate Health Care
Appointed in 2015


BOT-Gilley
Ray Gilley

CEO, Solodev
Appointed in 2009


BOT-Koons
Keith Koons

Professor of music, graduate coordinator and associate director, UCF School of Performing Arts
Appointed in 2015


BOT-Martins
Alex Martins, ’01

CEO, Orlando Magic
Appointed in 2013


BOT-Seay
Beverly J. Seay

Former vice president and general manager for integrated enterprise solutions, CAE
Appointed in 2013


BOT-Sprouls
John Sprouls

Executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Universal Parks & Resorts
Appointed in 2011


BOT-Walsh
David Walsh

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Power Systems
Appointed in 2016


BOT-Yeargin
William Yeargin

President and CEO, Correct Craft
Appointed in 2015


BOT-Zona
Cait Zona

President, UCF SGA
Appointed in 2015