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President Rex Fuller Leads WOU into Future

Dr. Rex Fuller joined Western Oregon University in 2015, bringing with him a wealth of expertise in public higher education and a strong vision for the university’s future. Dr. Fuller’s first priority is student success, and he continues to lead the campus community in that direction.

The journey that led Dr. Fuller to Western Oregon University was influenced by what he calls “a series of nudges.” He recalls being fortunate to have supportive teachers, professors and colleagues throughout his education and career, many of which always challenged him to seek opportunities that otherwise may have gone unexplored.

His higher education career began at a community college in Southern California, and his first nudge came after he transferred to Chico State. He got his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, but it was a suggestion from a professor and an interest in economics that led him down another path.

Dr. Fuller attended the University of Utah, where he earned a doctorate in economics. He went on to teach in the Department of Economics at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, eventually becoming dean of the College of Business Administration. From there, he moved to Colorado State University – Pueblo, where he served as dean of the Hasan School of Business. Before coming to Monmouth, Dr. Fuller was dean, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Washington University.

Along the way, Dr. Fuller explains, it was the supportive people around him that nudged him toward each new challenge. Because Western Oregon University provides a supportive and inclusive environment for all its students, WOU was the ideal next step on his journey.

Throughout his career, Dr. Fuller has focused on the significant role that public higher education plays in society. With a emphasis on innovation at EWU, Dr. Fuller spearheaded a number of academic, accessibility and student success programs aimed at putting a valuable college degree in the hands of more students. He’s continued that mission at WOU. He envisions a new degree-pathway program that would focus on adults who started college but were sidetracked on route to a bachelor’s degree. He believes public education should be accessible to everyone and that our communities as a whole will benefit.

“If we provide access and opportunity for higher education to more people, we will be a better society,” he says.


Dr. Fuller and his wife, Susan, live in Monmouth. The couple has two daughters who reside in California. They also have five grandchildren.

Dr. Fuller’s favorite pastimes include tennis and biking, but he says if golf could be played indoors, he’d be on the course year-round.

For a complete professional bio on Rex Fuller, Ph.D., click here.


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