MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE), upon the recommendation of the Western Oregon University (WOU) Board of Trustees and the Oregon University System Chancellor, appointed Dr. Rex Fuller as the new WOU president. Fuller will assume his duties on July 1, 2015, when the WOU Board of Trustees also assumes all governance responsibility over the university. Mark Weiss, the current WOU president, retires on June 30, 2015.
Upon his appointment, Fuller said: “I am deeply honored to join Western Oregon University as president. During my interview, my wife and I were impressed with the high quality of life in Monmouth. We also found passionate alumni and community supporters of the university. Western has a well-established record of excellence and a long tradition of access, affordability and student success. I look forward to working with WOU’s new Board to engage the campus and surrounding communities as we determine our path forward in the changing conditions that impact higher education in Oregon and the nation.”
David Yaden, chair of the outgoing OSBHE stated: “We are lucky to have the State Board, the WOU Board, and the Western community come together behind Dr. Fuller’s appointment. His appointment as WOU president is a promising sign for Western Oregon University’s future. We all look forward to great things to come.”
Jim Baumgartner, chair of the WOU Board of Trustees, said: “This is an exciting time for Western Oregon University. Amid all of the changes in higher education governance, we are pleased to have such an experienced and inspiring leader as Dr. Fuller join us at WOU. Given his demonstrated commitment to public universities, the WOU Board has every confidence that Dr. Fuller’s transition to Western will be seamless and that he will continue to advance Western and its commitment to serving students in their effort to succeed.”
Fuller comes to Western Oregon University from Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Cheney, Wash. Since 2011, Fuller has served as EWU provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to his appointment as EWU provost, Fuller was the EWU executive dean, coordinating EWU programs in Spokane, from 2008-12, EWU dean of business and public administration from 2006-10, dean of the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University from 2000-06, and the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1990-2000. Fuller received his B.A. in Public Administration from California State University-Chico and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah.
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