Author Profile

Evangeline Tsibris Cummings | Assistant Provost and Director of UF Online, University of Florida

Current Position and Past Experience
Evangeline Tsibris Cummings is Assistant Provost and Director of UF Online at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, working to provide versatile access to an elite education for qualified students across the country and around the world. Serving in this capacity since 2015, Ms. Cummings leads UF Online through its ongoing expansion while remaining true to UF’s land-grant mission, academic core values, and rigorous admission standards. Ms. Cummings works with faculty and staff across UF to continually transform the modality of the university’s programs so that students may learn from campus faculty with their student peers, all in UF’s highly engaging online learning environment. Most recently, Ms. Cummings launched the UF Online Employer Pathways program with inaugural partners The Walt Disney Company, Walmart and Discover Financial Services, bringing a UF degree within reach of millions of workers across the United States via UF Online, thanks to employer support including the payment of all tuition and fees.

A perhaps unconventional path to higher education administration, Ms. Cummings served previously as Division Director of a federal Strategic Management Division reporting to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), within their Office of Policy. Ms. Cummings’s career to date has always been focused on her dedication to public service and working to ensure that the nation’s public institutions maintain their relevancy and value for current and future generations.

Ms. Cummings’s federal career spanned 16 years and with it, three Presidential administrations. Beginning under the Clinton administration, as the federal use of the internet grew as a means to disseminate information, Ms. Cummings focused on the EPA’s work to share and disseminate information products (websites) as a means of promoting public access and also, internally, to fuel evidence-based decision making. During the terms of President Bush, Ms. Cummings focused on the implementation of politically-charged “data quality” and “sound science” policies, later crafting the EPA’s national policies in this area, to ensure reliance on only high quality evidence, and later, established and led a new division at the EPA focused on cross-agency strategic management, including performance metrics, strategic planning and reporting, plus innovative quarterly accountability functions, earning the President’s Quality Award. Under the Obama administration, she led national strategic management programs across the 16,000 employee EPA to better coordinate protection efforts across all environmental media.

Education, Honors and Achievements
A proud Floridian, she attended middle and high school in Florida and later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. She headed up to Baltimore soon thereafter and earned her first graduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy, focusing on Systems Engineering, earning her Masters of Science (M.S.) from The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Ms. Cummings is currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education where she’s earning her Doctorate in Education, with an intended completion date of summer 2020. She also holds a Certificate in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Ms. Cummings loves to travel and in particular, visiting family in Greece and Wales, the birthplaces of her parents. She lives with her husband, Derek, their 2 sons, plus 3 dogs, in Gainesville, Florida. Go gators!

You can connect with Evangeline Tsibris Cummings on LinkedIn and on Twitter @eviecummings23.