Wes Sumner

Inside Florida Tech Host

            Dr. Wes Sumner joined Florida Institute of Technology in 2009, and serves as Vice President for Marketing and Communications. In addition to acting as university spokesperson, he oversees the offices for marketing and web services, the university news bureau, creative services and WFIT-FM.

Before joining Florida Tech, Sumner was director of district communications and public information for Brevard Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state. He managed all primary communications functions, including media relations, crisis communications, the district television station and non-profit foundation. He also acted as district spokesperson.

Prior to his work at Brevard Public Schools, Sumner spent a decade working for the University System of Georgia. Most recently, he served at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus where he led a variety of communication management efforts that included alumni relations, media relations, crisis communications, marketing and development. His early career included other communications positions in academia at Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University. He also logged TV, radio, newspaper and video production experience, having worked as a print and broadcast journalist.

Sumner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in journalism and political science at the University of Central Florida, a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Valdosta State University and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Florida Tech.

He is a graduate of Leadership Brevard Class of 2008 and the recipient of several Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards for excellence in programs, publishing and media relations.

Sumner and his family reside in Titusville, Fla., where he grew up and was an honor graduate of Astronaut High School. He and his wife, Rachael, have twin children, Sarah Grace and Jonah.


Ways to Connect

On this edition of Inside Florida Tech, Wes Sumner talks with Mark Malek, co-chair of the Evening of Hope, and Colleen Middlebrooks, Director of Community Relations for the Scott Center for Autism Treatment.

They discuss the annual event, Evening of Hope, which raises money to continue providing service, research, and training that will help find solutions and better treatments for autism.

On this edition of Inside Florida Tech, Wes Sumner talks with the president of Florida Tech, Dr. Anthony Catanese. They discuss the hot topic of rising tuition costs. Catanese reveals Florida Tech’s plans to lead in new and innovative ways, avoiding the trend of tuition increases.

Each year 71 percent of Florida Tech’s graduates receive a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Catanese goes on to explain how he plans to reward students who wish to study in a STEM program and how he plans to fund it.


On this edition of Inside Florida Tech, Wes Sumner talks with Judy Brooke, the director of International Student and Scholar Services at Florida Tech. They discuss an event that always gets the attention of many, Florida Tech’s Annual International Festival.

Each year this festival continues to grown and this year is no exception. Florida Tech estimates over 2,000  people attend this event.

This festival will include onstage performances, cultural displays, food and much more.  

On this edition of Inside Florida Tech, Wes Sumner talks with Carla Funk, the director of University Museums at Florida Tech. They discuss the annual textile symposium Uncommon Threads, hosted every year in February. As you will hear, this year’s theme is mod-fashion.

Following the lecture there will be fun activities such as a British lunch-in and a silent auction to raise money for the Ruth Center of Textile Arts. 

Uncommon Threads with Carla Funk will air 1/30/13 at 7:30am and 5:45 pm

On this edition of Inside Florida Tech, Wes Summer talks with Dr. John Hearin, who is a staff researcher at the center for corrosion and BioFouling control and Dr. Swain, professor of ocean engineering, who leads the program for BioFouling. The BioFouling research involves ways of figuring out how to prevent organisms from growing on underwater structures.  Learn more about the BioFouling research here.