DARTMOUTH — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted earlier today to appoint Dr. Mark Fuller as Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth.

The former Vice Chancellor of Advancement at UMass Amherst, Dr. Fuller has been acting as Interim Chancellor of the university since January.

He was nominated for the permanent role by UMass President Marty Meehan.

Former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Dr. Robert Johnson resigned last summer after three years on the job to take the position of president at Western New England University in Springfield.

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Fuller has worked in the UMass system for 12 years.

A first-generation college graduate, he worked as a cardiac technician to help pay his way while studying for his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and eventually a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Prior to joining the UMass system, he worked at Baylor University and later at Washington State University.

“Over the last seven months, Dr. Fuller has proven himself to be a good listener, a passionate advocate, a sincere collaborator, and a strategic common-sense decision-maker,” UMass President Marty Meehan said when recommending Dr. Fuller to the UMass Board of Trustees.

“With his breadth and depth of experience, his perspective as a first-generation college student, and his track record of success, Mark Fuller is the ideal leader to serve as chancellor of UMass Dartmouth at this pivotal moment,” said UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Manning. “Dr. Fuller will bring the stability and results-driven focus needed for UMass Dartmouth to excel on a rapidly changing higher education landscape.”

"I am honored by the trust that President Meehan, Chair Manning, and the Board of Trustees are placing in me,” Fuller said. “Over the last seven months I have been inspired by the students, faculty, and staff of UMass Dartmouth and by the people and civic leadership of the SouthCoast...I look forward to making the SouthCoast my home and accelerating the work we have started for our students and the community."

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