Biography of Chancellor Fuller
Chancellor Mark Fuller
Mark Fuller was appointed Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth on August 9, 2021. A first-generation college student himself, Fuller is a passionate advocate for public education and is deeply committed to UMass Dartmouth’s mission as a public research university dedicated to engaged learning, discovery innovation. During his time as Chancellor, Fuller has placed critical focus on student success and affordability, on diversity, equity and inclusion, and on building and strengthening community relationships. He believes that UMass Dartmouth is uniquely positioned to prepare students with the skills they need to enter many sectors of the Commonwealth’s budding economy, and places tremendous focus on opening doors to all aspiring students and preparing them for lifelong success.
Fuller came to the Dartmouth campus from UMass Amherst, where he spent three years serving as Vice Chancellor for Advancement, engaging and inspiring more than 270,000 alumni and donors worldwide and cultivating some of the largest gifts in the campus’s history. Before his tenure as Vice Chancellor, Fuller served as the Dean and Thomas O’Brien Endowed Chair at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he spent nine transformative years building Isenberg’s national reputation. Under his leadership, the Isenberg School moved up more than 25 spaces in the U.S. News & World Report rankings between 2013 and 2018 and was rated as their top Undergraduate Business Program in the Northeast in 2021. In addition, Isenberg's online MBA program was ranked by the Financial Times as the #1 program in the nation, and the #3 program in the world.
Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009, Fuller was Professor and Chair of the Department of Information Systems, and holder of the Philip L. Kays Distinguished Professorship in MIS at Washington State University. He started his career in academia at Baylor University, where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems in the Hankamer School of Business. Fuller earned his M.S. in Management and Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. His research focuses on virtual teamwork, technology supported learning, and trust and efficacy in technology-mediated environments. He also has extensive experience in curriculum development and program management at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. level, and has significant expertise in distance education.
The youngest of four boys, Mark was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. He and his wife Tanya are the proud parents of two daughters, Emma and Grace, and friend to their Portuguese Water Dog Milo.