Thomas OK'd for spot as UF trustee

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

Florida’s Board of Governors unanimously approved University of Florida alumnus David Thomas as the newest member of the university’s Board of Trustees during a conference call meeting Thursday afternoon.

Thomas obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1971 and his master’s degree in engineering in 1972, both from UF.

UF President Bernie Machen welcomed Thomas to the board in a UF news release, citing his professional experiences as major assets.

“With vast leadership experience and understanding of the world’s business, technology and health sectors, David Thomas’ broad knowledge in these high-growth areas will give us insight into providing the best education for our students that meets the needs of industry,” he said.

Thomas worked at IBM for 28 years and left as a senior vice president. He also served as chairman of an information systems company that served the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

He is also involved with UF as a member of the College of Engineering’s Advisory Board and the Gator Boosters board of directors.

Thomas will serve a five-year term and replace Alfred Warrington IV, who recently finished his second term on the board. Warrington was one of the founding members of the board in 2001.

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