New dean named for Kennesaw State’s College of Computing and Software Engineering


E.K. Park will bring 26 years of leadership, research and teaching expertise to Marietta Campus…

Georgia (May 1, 2015)E.K. Park will bring 26 years of leadership, research and teaching expertise to Marietta Campus

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 1, 2015) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Eun (E.K.) Park as dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering, effective July 1.

Park is currently the vice provost of research and dean of graduate studies at the California State University, Chico, where he oversees the university’s Research Office and Sponsored Programs Office. He also is a professor in the university’s Department of Computer Science.

“We are thrilled to welcome E.K. Park as our newest dean at Kennesaw State. His leadership experience and distinguished scholarship will help advance the College of Computing and Software Engineering in significant ways,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “An accomplished researcher, devoted teacher and impressive leader, E.K. is deeply dedicated to students and faculty, and he will continue to build on the progress and growth of the College.”

Park was selected as dean after a nationwide search chaired by Charles Amlaner, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. During the search, Becky Rutherfoord served as interim dean and will return to the College of Computing and Software Engineering faculty.

Along with his leadership roles, Park has spent more than 26 years as a researcher and teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge from various leadership positions at City University of New York, National Science Foundation, University of Missouri at Kansas City, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Research Center. His corporate experience includes Korean Air and Korea Times.

Park is the founder of the Conference on Information and Knowledge Management and the International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, both top-ranked flagship international conferences that transform and stimulate research, exchange and presentation of research ideas and activities in areas such as information, big data and knowledge management, as well as computer communications and networks areas.

“I am deeply honored and proud to join the Kennesaw State family as dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering,” Park said. “I intend to do everything to ensure that CCSE students have every opportunity to expand their knowledge, talents and skills to be successful. I am absolutely committed to student and faculty success, and I look forward to leading the College and achieving its goals in a way that benefits the university, the state of Georgia and society.”

Park has published nearly 200 journal and conference papers and has served as an editor for several journals within the computing discipline. He has received research grants from numerous resources including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and National Security Agency.

He has earned various awards for his teaching, research and leadership, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University.   


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 




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