UCF Chief of Staff announces his resignation

UCF interim president Thad Seymour said the Chief of Staff position will remain void during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. “I have decided not to refill the Chief of Staff role,” Seymour said, “but rather work with three deputies, essentially, and Mike Kilbride would step in as one of those."

UCF Chief of Staff, Grant Heston, announced his resignation in an email on Friday due to the official start of the new Presidential search.

According to the internal email that was sent throughout the President’s division, the change is said to become effective on Dec. 1.

“When Thad began as interim president, I told him my goal as Chief of Staff was to help get UCF in the best possible shape for a new president, but that I didn’t want to continue this job under a new president,” Heston said in the email.

Continuing in the same email, Heston further explained that his decision to step down as Chief of Staff was personal and he continued to express his gratitude toward his colleagues.

Although he will not remain in the Office of the President, Heston will continue to serve UCF in his position as Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

During the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, interim president Seymour stated that he decided to leave the position of Chief of Staff void.

“I have decided not to refill the Chief of Staff role,” Seymour said, “but rather work with three deputies, essentially, and Mike Kilbride would step in as one of those."

Kilbride currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of the UCF downtown campus, and will be extending a hand to President Seymour towards his aspirations for UCF.

In the beginning of the meeting, President Seymour reiterated to the congregation that his goal is to make UCF more efficient and effective, and Kilbride would be an asset to that mission.

“He and I have worked together a long time,” Seymour said . “He brings this operational execution and energy that I really want to focus on in the next eight months.”

This story has been updated. Check back for further developments. 

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