Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins elected UCF Chairman of the Board

By on June 18, 2021 0

UCF alumnus Alex Martins’ 01MBA, CEO of Orlando Magic, was chosen as the new chairman of the University of Central Florida board in a unanimous vote by fellow board members on Thursday. He will serve a two-year term as president effective July 1.

Harold Mills, an Orlando entrepreneur who has also held executive positions at several companies, was unanimously selected to continue as vice president for two years. He was elected vice chairman of the board in February.

Martins oversees all of the Orlando Magic’s operations and has spent over three decades in professional sports management. A well-regarded civic leader, he received his MBA from UCF, where he is a Hall of Fame member of the College of Business and recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He sits on the Executive Council of the Dean of UCF College of Business. Martins served on the development board of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF, which is funded by a $ 9 million endowment from Rich and Helen DeVos and awards a dual master’s degree in sports management and business administration. Under Martins’ leadership, the Magic contributed $ 1.5 million to the construction of UCF Downtown in 2015, the first major private donation for the campus.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence and for the honor of being your President for the next two years,” said Martins. “I look forward to working alongside you and working closely with President Cartwright and our faculty, staff and students to continue to help us become one of the great universities in this country.”

Martins previously chaired a number of community organizations, including the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and the Central Florida Partnership. Martins sits or has served on the boards of the Orlando / Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Central Florida Commission on Homeless, and the Governor’s Council of Orlando Economic Partnership.

photo by Harold Mills
Harold Mills joined the UCF Board of Directors in 2019 and will serve for a two-year term, as will the Vice-Chairman of the Board.

Harold Mills reappointed

Mills is the CEO of VMD Ventures, which invests in entrepreneurs in the technology and service industries. He joined the UCF board in 2019 and chairs the board’s finance and facilities committee.

Previously, he was President and CEO of ZeroChaos, a global workforce management company that he transformed into a multi-billion dollar company with operations in more than 53 countries.

Mills sits on the boards of Guidewell and Florida Blue, Rollins College, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, and LIFT Orlando, among others. He has served on the board of directors of the Florida Council of 100, Florida A&M University and the Jacksonville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and past president of Florida Citrus Sports.

Mills received a BA from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“I am delighted to continue the excellent work of this university,” said Mills. “We are grateful that President Cartwright and the rest of his team guide us on this journey celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of this institution and pursuing its great aspirations. It is rewarding and rewarding work.

Martins and Mills thanked current board chair Beverly Seay for her service. Seay will remain on the board, focusing the remainder of his term on the board on academic excellence, student success, and strengthening UCF’s partnerships with the simulation and defense industries.

President Alexander N. Cartwright praised Seay for his leadership and for helping to convince him to come to “this amazing place”.

Speaking to Martins and Mills, Cartwright said, “You have both been incredibly active as directors, engaged and helpful. You have asked all the right questions, and you continue to push for what we are looking for, which is to become an exceptional institution. I look forward to working with you to make this happen as quickly as possible.

The 13-member board of directors consists of six members appointed by the governor and five appointed by the board of governors. The president of the university faculty Senate and the president of the UCF student government are also members.

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