Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer


About Dr. Fulcomer‌‌

Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., is Rockford University’s 18th president and began his duties on July 1, 2016. Prior to being named president, Dr. Fulcomer was the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Rockford University since 2013 and has more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education. Before coming to Rockford, he served for 19 years at Bluffton University (Ohio) in several leadership roles, leaving Bluffton as its Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life.

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.

Under Dr. Fulcomer’s leadership, Rockford University successfully completed its Rock Solid and Ready capital campaign with $18.4 million raised against the original goal of $17.3 million  As a result of the campaign, the University has been able to make substantial improvements in academic areas, the overall student experience and learning spaces. Campaign highlights include $1 million in modernizations to the Starr Science building, the naming of the Puri School of Business, which includes the installation of the Bloomberg Business Lab trading floor, and a $3.5 million expansion and renovation of the Seaver Physical Education center.

In addition to his work in higher education, Eric is active in several areas of the community. He serves on several boards, including Rockford Christian Schools, the Golden Apple Foundation, SwedishAmerican Health Systems, Alignment Rockford Governing Board, Rockford Leaders, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, and Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee for Rockford Christian Schools, Associated Colleges of Illinois and 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.  Eric is also a member of the Rockford Rotary Club.

Along with Dr. Fulcomer’s extensive background in higher education, he also 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 in Ohio also included past president of the Bluffton-Pandora Rotary Club and past vice president of the Bluffton Lions Club Foundation,

Dr. Fulcomer and his wife Andrea, a physician assistant, live in Rockford and are proud parents of two children: Noah who is in college and Anna who is in high school.

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 bachelor’s degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), Master’s  of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Master’s of Education in Urban Education. 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 as a Best Midwest Regional University,” Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 students throughout its diverse program offerings.

NCAA Division III institution, The university offers 12 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

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Comcast Newsmakers interview – October 2017

Dr. Fulcomer discusses the Rockford University Student Opportunity Fund.

Press conference announcing the appointment of Dr. Fulcomer as RU’s 18th President:

Department Information

Office of the President
Burpee Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-5105