Distinguished Professor of Education Dr. Howard Fuller To Retire

howard fullerThe College of Education celebrates the work of Dr. Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. This summer, Dr. Fuller will be retiring from the university after a storied career as an academic, education reform advocate, civil rights activist, and author of several books.

A staunch promoter for school choice and a passionate champion for the equitable education of African American children, Dr. Fuller has held positions as Senior Fellow in the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, Associate Director of Marquette University’s Educational Opportunity Program, Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Employment Relations, Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll College, a Master’s degree from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve University, and a Ph. D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University.

In addition, Dr. Fuller has served as the Chair of the Board for Black Alliance for Educational Options, Alliance for Choices in Education in Milwaukee, CEO Leadership Academy, and Quest Milwaukee.  Moreover, he has chaired the Charter School Review Committee for the City of Milwaukee and served on Boards such as Transcenter for Youth, the Johnson Foundation, the Joyce Foundations, School Choice Wisconsin, and Advocates for School Choice.  As a fitting tribute, a Milwaukee-area charter school, the Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, is the namesake of this extraordinary educator. 

Dr. Bill Henk, Dean of the College of Education, commented: "The professional journey of our valued colleague, Howard Fuller, has been truly remarkable. From humble beginnings, he embraced the formidable challenges of civil rights, and then ascended to several noteworthy leadership positions, finally emerging as a nationally recognized figure in American education. His tireless and effectual advocacy for the equitable schooling of children of color situates him historically as a true champion of social justice. The College of Education wishes him the very best."