University of Massachusetts Amherst Vice Chancellor for Advancement Mark Fuller has been named interim chancellor of UMass Dartmouth effective Jan. 19, 2021.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy praised Fuller’s 12 years of service at UMass Amherst and also announced that Theresa Curry, associate vice chancellor for development and executive director of gift planning at the Amherst campus, has been named interim vice chancellor for advancement.
Fuller has led the university’s advancement efforts since 2018, establishing a strong foundation for UMass Amherst’s upcoming capital campaign. Previously, he served as dean of the Isenberg School of Management for nine transformative years, helping elevate Isenberg into one of the top business management programs in the country.
“I hate to lose an accomplished leader like Mark from our campus, but as a part of the broader UMass team, I know that he will do exceptional work for UMass Dartmouth and I applaud President Marty Meehan on this important selection,” Subbaswamy said. “It has been a privilege to work with Mark and watch him engage students, faculty, alumni, donors, and external partners in transforming our business school, and then in his role as vice chancellor.”
In addition, Subbaswamy noted, “I am very grateful for Theresa’s willingness to step up into this leadership role on an interim basis and to provide a talented and steady hand at the helm of our advancement efforts. Her depth of experience provides continuity of leadership in this critical role.”
Prior to becoming vice chancellor for advancement, Fuller established a strategic vision that brought the Isenberg School to national prominence through curricular and co-curricular innovations, infrastructure improvements and changing internal and external perceptions of the school. That excellence is reflected in a variety of impressive rankings. Currently, the school ranked the number one public undergraduate business program in the Northeast by U.S. News and World Report. 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.
Curry arrived at UMass Amherst in 2018, when she was named executive director of planned giving. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to assistant vice chancellor for development and most recently to associate vice chancellor for development. Previously, Curry worked at the University of New Hampshire Foundation, where she held several senior management positions in gift planning since 2012, including serving as assistant vice president for gift planning and administration at UNH. Previously, Curry established gift planning programs as regional director of philanthropy at the ALS Association and as the planned giving officer and capital campaign manager for Merrimack College. Curry has worked as an employee, consultant, volunteer and lawyer in gift planning since 1998.