Kennesaw State Appoints New Dean for College of Computing and Software Engineering


KENNESAW, Georgia (November 2, 2021) – Kennesaw State University has appointed Sumanth Yenduri, a computer scientist with two decades in academia, dean of the College of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CCSE), effective December 1.

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Yenduri, who is currently acting dean, has been appointed dean following a nationwide search. Previously, he was president and professor in the college’s software engineering and game development department.

While at KSU, Yenduri secured philanthropic support for scholarships and external contracts, worked with the CCSE leadership team to update KSU’s R2 research roadmap, helped secure grants for student success and has contributed to the 15% enrollment growth that his college has enjoyed since Fall 2020.

“Dr. Yenduri has distinguished himself as a leader during his tenure as Interim Dean of the State of Kennesaw,” said Kathy Schwaig, Interim President of the State of Kennesaw. “His leadership and commitment In expanding innovative research opportunities, collaborative community outreach and partnerships with the technology industry will only enhance the future academic excellence of the College.

Yenduri has held several leadership positions over the past decade at four institutions. Prior to joining Kennesaw State in 2019, he was Professor and President of Computer Science at Southeast Missouri State University, where he oversaw the creation of the Cyber ​​Range for Teaching and Research which was inaugurated by the governor of the state in 2020. He also oversaw the approval of the first program-specific criteria for undergraduate cybersecurity and helped achieve the distinction of ABET accreditation by the department.

A prolific researcher, Yenduri has published over 50 papers in various conferences and journals and has overseen approximately $ 1.7 million in grants, awards, and contracts. He received the Distinguished Professor Butch Outalet Award for Research at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010.

“Dr. Yenduri’s experience and commitment to a positive and inclusive university environment that rewards excellence in teaching, research and service will be of great value to Kennesaw State and the College.” , said Ivan Pulinkala, Interim Rector of KSU and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I am confident that his leadership will expand partnerships with industry, research opportunities, program development and a commitment to research. student success. ”

In his role as Dean, Yenduri will lead the development of the College’s strategic vision and serve as the Academic and Administrative Director with responsibility for managing the financial, infrastructure and human resource needs of the CCSE. The Dean will help promote inclusive excellent teaching, research and service within the College and throughout the University. KSU College of Computer Science and Software Engineering has nearly 4,250 students and has nearly 100 professors.

“I am honored and deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as Dean. Computing is at the heart of the future of academia as we know the changing needs of students, the increase in workforce development needs, our community engagement, advancement research and promotion of diversity and inclusion, ”said Yenduri. “It is a great pleasure to work with my colleagues to achieve our common aspirations. I am passionately committed to working with faculty, staff and students to achieve the College’s vision.

Yenduri received his doctorate in computer science and his master’s degree in systems science from Louisiana State University.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two Atlanta metro campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the Georgia university system. The university’s vibrant culture, diverse population, strong global ties, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral (R2) research institute, which places it among an elite group of just 6% of US colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit


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