Press Release for Thursday, June 30, 2011

UNF Appoints New College of Computing, Engineering and Construction Dean

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




Dr. Mark Workman, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of North Florida, affirmed the appointment of Dr. Mark Tumeo as the new dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, while the UNF Board of Trustees awarded his tenure as a professor of Engineering. He starts his new position today  


“I am deeply honored and excited to have been selected to serve as dean. The College has an excellent reputation of serving its students and providing the type of transformative educational experience that is the hallmark of UNF,” said Tumeo. “I am confident we can build on this great tradition and become an important partner with the private sector to serve as a hub of innovation and creativity to spur growth and economic development.


Prior to coming to UNF, Tumeo served as vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University, where he had also served as a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1997. Additionally, he served as director of Civil and Environmental Graduate Programs and most recently served as director of Undergraduate Programs. 


As vice provost and dean, he was responsible for all aspects of research and graduate programs, including graduate admissions across all colleges. Under his leadership, graduate enrollment increased 10.4 percent and research expenditures increased from $10.5 million to $22.7 million. He also earned a $23.7 million grant for the establishment of the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering. 


“I am delighted that Dr. Tumeo will be joining UNF. He brings to his new position as dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction a wealth of academic and administrative experience; I am confident that he will utilize this experience to advance the mission of the college as a center of scientific and technological learning and research,” said Workman.  


Tumeo has received numerous notable awards and honors, including outstanding Faculty Service Award by the College of Engineering at Cleveland State University, recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship to Germany on energy and the environment, elected to the rank of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, to name a few. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society for Risk Analysis, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.  


He received his doctorate and master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of California Davis. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Notre Dame, one in civil engineering and the other in biology. Additionally, he received his juris doctor in law from Cleveland State University. 


The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF offers exciting and demanding degree programs that lead to highly rewarding careers. One of the College’s hallmarks is the interaction of the faculty with students on research projects. Faculty members are committed to preparing students to make significant contributions to their chosen professions in the Northeast Florida region and beyond.