DR. ERIC W. FULCOMER
Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., is Rockford University’s 18th president and began his duties on July 1, 2016. Previously, Dr. Fulcomer served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Rockford University and has more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education.
About Dr. Fulcomer
Prior to being appointed president, he served as vice president for enrollment management at Rockford University since 2013. In addition to his enrollment management responsibilities, Dr. Fulcomer also supervised the areas of student administrative services, student life, institutional research, athletics and global affairs. Prior to coming to Rockford, Dr. Fulcomer was vice president for enrollment management and student life at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, where he oversaw 11 functional areas including the undergraduate admissions, financial aid and student life offices, managed a divisional budget of more than $12 million, was a member of the President’s Cabinet, and served as Dean of Students. He served there from 1993 to 2012.
Dr. Fulcomer has been sought after for his expertise in student life and recruitment and retention. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at many professional conferences. At the end of this time at Bluffton, he served in a professional capacity with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as chair of the Chief Enrollment Officers Commission.
In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Fulcomer has been active in his communities. Since his move to the Rockford, he has become a board member for Rockford Christian Schools, the Golden Apple Foundation, SwedishAmerican Health Systems, Alignment Rockford Governing Board and a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities. He participated in the Leadership Rockford Program, and served as co-chair of the Funding and Alignment Spoke of Transform Rockford. Dr. Fulcomer is also a member of the Rockford Rotary Club.
Additionally, Dr. Fulcomer served for 11 years as an elected official in Bluffton, Ohio, holding the positions of Village Councilmember, Village Council President, and Mayor. His community involvement also included serving as past president of the Bluffton-Pandora Rotary Club and past vice president of the Bluffton Lions Club Foundation.
Dr. Fulcomer received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo, his master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University.
He and his wife Andrea, a physician assistant, live in Rockford and are proud parents of two teenage children.
About Dr. Fulcomer – Curriculum Vitae
About Rockford University
Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and as a US News & World Report Tier One Midwest Regional University,” Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,260 students throughout its diverse program offerings.
A NCAA Division III institution, The university offers 14 intercollegiate varsity teams along with several junior varsity teams and participates in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Approximately 25 percent of the university’s students participate in at least one intercollegiate sport. For more about Regent Athletics, visit goregents.com.
President’s Annual Reports
Press conference announcing the appointment of Dr. Fulcomer as RU’s 18th President:
- Rockford University’s strategic plan gives it momentum for future, Rockford Register Star, Aug. 11, 2017
- My View: Join us to discuss fascinating, complex story, Rockford Register Star, Sept. 16, 2017
- 2016 Excelsior Finalist Rockford University ‘committed to excellence in classroom,’ Rockford Register Star, Nov. 30, 2016
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Strategic Direction: 2015-2019
- Strategy One: To be the ‘University of Choice’;
- Strategy Two: To be the ‘Employer of Choice’;
- Strategy Three: To strengthen and grow the University programming, capital and operational resources.
- Strategy Four: To strengthen the University’s reputation and relationships among all stakeholders.