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The Honorable Beverly Seay

Southeast Regional Director


Bev is the Southeast Regional Director for the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a program office within the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, she is leveraging talent through new partnerships with major universities and the venture community to drive national security innovation. Bev is a former entrepreneurial modeling and simulation defense industry senior executive with global experience and a Fortune 500 track record in domestic and global business operations. She brings to NSIN strong university ties and industry collaboration expertise in start-ups, turnarounds, high growth, and acquisitions. Inducted into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame and selected every year as one of Florida’s most influential business leaders by Florida Trend, Bev is a trustee emerita of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Board of Trustees and served as Chair from July 2019 through June 2021. She is Chair of UCF’s Research Foundation and past chair of the Deans’ Industry Advisory Boards at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Georgia Tech College of Computing. In May 2023, Bev was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Computing Hall of Fame. She is also Chair of the board of Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) (2022-present, member 2015-present). As chair of the Florida Simulation Summit (2015-present), Bev works with the Orange County Mayor’s office and the National Center for Simulation to increase awareness of Modeling and Simulation technologies and their applications in industries such as healthcare, entertainment, transportation, education, and defense. In December 2020, Seay was recognized as i4 Business Magazine’s 2020 Business Leader of the Year. In February 2021, she was recognized as Orlando Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year. In November 2021, she was inducted into the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame. In 2020, Women in Defense presented her with the Service to the Flag Award. Bev has a B.S. Mathematics and M.S. Computers, Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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