Dr. David Fuller, the President of both Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and Minot State University, has accepted DCB's invitation to speak at its 108th annual spring commencement ceremony. At this time, it's estimated that 140 students will receive 150 degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the May 16 graduation exercise.
In 2004, Dr. David G. Fuller was appointed the tenth president of Minot State University and is now serving in his tenth year as the university's chief administrator. As the president of Minot State, Fuller is also the president of Dakota College at Bottineau, N.D. Between the two institutions, he is responsible for more than 4,400 students and 550 faculty and staff.
Dr. Fuller has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State in Nebraska, the vice president and academic dean of Northland College in Wisconsin, and the dean of graduate studies at Northern State University in South Dakota. Earning his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Iowa, Dr. Fuller taught literature, rhetoric, and writing at the University of Iowa and later served as a tenured full professor of English for thirteen years at Northern State University.
He currently is a member of the President's Trust for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the North Central Association, a member of the Board of Directors for The Collaboration for Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, and the Chair of the Membership Development Committee for the Thoreau Society. He has also served as an accreditation consultant evaluator for more than 15 years for the Higher Learning Commission, and a member of the Corps of Chairs for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation reviews. In its October 2008 edition, the American Executive magazine published a feature article titled, "Agent of Change," which highlighted the strategic planning work led by Dr. Fuller at Minot State University.
Dr. Fuller has been active in scholarship and research, publishing and presenting on a variety of topics and writers, including the American 19th century writer Henry David Thoreau. His articles have appeared in a variety of refereed publications, and he has presented at many national meetings and conferences.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Health Care, the Minot Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Minot Area Development Corporation Board of Directors. He has also served as a member of Rotary International, a member of the XCEL Energy Advisory Board of Directors, the president of a community property owners association and the chair of a township board of directors in South Dakota, and in humane societies in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
In his time at Minot State, Fuller has spearheaded a number of large-scale projects, including an 18-month strategic planning process that culminated in "Vision 2013: A Vision for the Future of Minot State University," a campaign audit and plan for fundraising, a new campus master plan and landscaping plan, resulting in multiple building renovations and infrastructure redesigns, totaling more than $25 million in improvements. He has been active in supporting the development of an expanded international office, the establishment of more than ten partnerships with international and Native American colleges and universities, the development of a multicultural center, an expanded enrollment management office, and a new Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning supported by a Title III Federal grant. He has also supported the development of a number of new academic programs, including a new interdisciplinary major in Studies in the Community and Environment.
Born and educated in Nebraska, Dr. Fuller and his wife Nancy have one son and one daughter, and three grandchildren. Dr. Fuller and his wife enjoy participating actively in university activities, serving local community organizations, such as North Dakota's Nørsk Høstfest, and playing golf and enjoying other outdoor activities.