Douglas B. Tharp
Douglas B. Tharp of The Villages is a retired industrial engineer.
Douglas B. Tharp was appointed to the Governing Board in September 2008. In September 2012 he was elected Board vice chair. He has previously served as Board treasurer and secretary. His term expires March 1, 2015.
A native of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Tharp graduated from Shamokin High School in 1952. He went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.
After graduation, Tharp joined the United States Navy and served more than seven years as a naval aviator flying helicopters. During his naval service, he served as a test pilot for the Pacific Anti-Submarine Warfare Fleet’s first night helicopters as well as flew search and rescue amphibians in the central Pacific.
Tharp has more than 15 years’ experience managing large government contracts. He also has more than 10 years’ experience as an outreach specialist for the Penn State Department of Engineering, where he advised entrepreneurs and manufacturers on using technology to improve efficiency.
Tharp serves on the Sumter County Republican Executive Committee and is the past president of The Villages Homeowners Association, which boasts 17,000 members. He currently serves on the association’s board of directors and the Villages Homeowners Charitable Foundation, Inc., which raises money for local charities and disaster relief.
Tharp joins the Governing Board with a strong interest in the environment as well as in water conservation. He believes water is one of Florida’s most precious resources.
Operations and Land Management, chair
Ad Hoc Committee Assignments
Flying Eagle Evaluation, chair
Recreation, vice chair
Standing Committee Liaison
Green Industry Advisory