Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
The University of Massachusetts Amherst appointed Mark A. Fuller, who previously served as dean of the Isenberg School of Management, to the role of Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations effective July 1, 2018. As the university’s chief advancement officer and a member of the chancellor’s leadership team, Fuller is responsible for short- and long-term plans to improve private support as well as cultivate strong relationships with UMass Amherst alumni and supporters.
Fuller served as dean of the Isenberg School of Management from 2009 to 2018, where he also held the Thomas O’Brien Endowed Chair. During his tenure, Fuller established a strategic vision that catapulted the school to national prominence through curricular and co-curricular innovations, infrastructure improvements, advancements in internal and external perceptions, and increases in private support for its programs. The school’s rankings reflect Fuller’s leadership and vision as dean. In BusinessWeek’s undergraduate rankings, Isenberg emerged as the most improved business school in the nation from 2010 to 2016 among both private and public institutions. Employers have been similarly impressed. Isenberg was among the top five most improved programs in BusinessWeek’s employer survey. The school’s Online MBA Program has earned extraordinary honors, achieving the No. 3 ranking in the world and No. 1 in the nation from the Financial Times. Under Fuller’s leadership, the Isenberg School is nearing completion of its new Business and Innovation Wing, a $62 million addition that will house multiple new educational centers, an executive engagement space, experiential classrooms, and room for 60 new faculty and staff.
Fuller has an outstanding record of development and engagement efforts. Prior to assuming the role of vice chancellor, while dean of Isenberg, the school generated a four-fold increase in annual gift performance since 2010; received a $10 million endowment to create the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship; increased student giving ten-fold; secured private support for the Business Innovation Wing, and created 12 new endowed faculty positions.
Fuller’s academic and research interests include work performance in technology-mediated environments. Prior to coming to UMass Amherst, Fuller was a professor and chair of the department of information systems and holder of the Philip L. Kays Distinguished Professorship in Management Information Systems at Washington State University. Prior to Washington State, Fuller was an associate professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
Fuller received his master’s degree in management and his Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.