Dear UMass Dartmouth Community,
I’m reaching out today with an update regarding the leadership of UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Mark Fuller, a 12-year veteran of the UMass system, will assume the role of Interim Chancellor, effective January 19. I am excited to welcome Mark into this new role, and I also want to take this opportunity to thank Mark Preble for serving as Acting Chancellor since August. Both Mark Preble and Mark Fuller are team players who are always willing to step up for UMass students, staff, and faculty. I am grateful for their continued service.
You can read more details about Dr. Fuller’s appointment in this press release, which will be sent out shortly, but I want you to know that I chose him, first and foremost, because he has outstanding experience, is a product of and firm believer in public higher education, and is a proud member of the UMass family.
As the outgoing Vice Chancellor for Advancement at UMass Amherst, Mark has done exceptional work engaging alumni and donors and cultivating significant gifts to the university. Prior to that important work, he spent nine years as the Dean of UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management where his leadership was transformative. At Isenberg, he strengthened industry partnerships, improved the curriculum, and elevated the school’s local and national reputation to unprecedented heights. Thanks in part to Mark’s leadership, together with the phenomenal faculty and staff, Isenberg 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.
This is an important time for UMass Dartmouth. On the one hand, we continue to navigate a global pandemic, perhaps the most significant challenge that higher education – and especially our students – have ever faced. On the other, UMass Dartmouth is a university with tremendous potential and opportunity, and it continues to be a source of economic, academic, and cultural benefits to the South Coast.
UMass Dartmouth brings high quality, world-class education at a tremendous value to our students and families. I am proud of everyone who has contributed to its success to date, and I have every confidence that Mark Fuller will build on UMass Dartmouth’s momentum.
Thanks for your continued dedication, and congratulations again to Dr. Mark Fuller on this exciting development.
President, University of Massachusetts