President's Office

State of the University

10/12/2017 10:27 am

Inauguration Photo Gallery

02/13/2017 2:27 pm

Strategic Planning

01/19/2017 4:31 pm

Campus updates from President Fulcomer

March 26 – Strategic Planning Update

The work on creating our next strategic plans continues. In February, I shared that the Board of Trustees would be meeting to hold a similar event to the one we held for faculty and staff on January 12. That occurred on February 16. Last week, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee met for a full day to review all of the feedback received so far and to begin the next phase of planning. I thank the members of the steering committee for their commitment to this work: Vice Presidents Anderson, Phillips, Mihalyo, and Sundstedt; three faculty – Sean Beckmann (Chemical and Biological Sciences), Kelly James (Library), and Tara Wood (English); and four staff – Maria Diemer (Global Affairs), Jeffrey Hohn (Development), Jen Saylor (Athletics), and Ed Tomaszkiewicz (Facilities).

The current draft of the plan has four themes. The next step of the process is for theme teams to be formed, one around each theme, to do a deep dive into the feedback received and to take that information to develop initiatives and metrics. Theme co-chairs are contacting members of the campus community to serve on these theme teams and they will have some intensive work to do between the beginning of April and mid-May.

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February 12 – Planning for a strong future

January 12, 2018 was an important day for Rockford University as faculty and staff gathered for a Strategic Planning Community Day event to officially kick off the creation of our new strategic plan. I thank all those faculty and staff members who attended the event. This new strategic plan will chart our path for the next several years, guiding us beyond the 175th anniversary of our charter in 2022.

The framework for the creation of our next strategic plan is found in Joanne Soliday’s and Rick Mann’s book, “Surviving to Thriving:  A Planning Framework for Leaders of Private Colleges and Universities” (Credo Press, 2013). Two copies of the book are currently on reserve in Colman Library. The book explores what thriving institutions look like in the areas of courageous and collaborative leadership, vision, institutional self-esteem, institutional story, habit of reflection and intentionality, culture of planning and innovation, net revenue and strategic finance, student learning and success, and transformative environments. After a long period of time in which we focused on survival, I trust that this next strategic plan will help us move toward becoming a thriving institution.

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Travel, Lodging and Parking

12/09/2016 4:32 pm

TRAVEL AND PARKING INFORMATION

All guests should park in Parking Lot A. No permit is required.

 

For directions to Rockford University and a campus map, please click here.

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

Rockford University has reserved group rates for guests at the following hotels:

 

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (3.3 miles)

$99/night* – (815) 226-2100

For group rates, call by October 24, 2016

 

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott (3.5 miles)

$89/night* – (815) 398-7400

For group rates, call by October 16, 2016

 

Hilton Garden Inn (3.5 miles)

$104/night* – (815) 229-3322

For group rates, call by October 16, 2016

 

Courtyard Rockford (3.5 miles)

$88/night* – (815) 397-6222

For group rates, call by October 16, 2016

 

*The rate is valid for November 3-5, 2016 only and not inclusive of tax

 

If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact inauguration@rockford.edu or 815.394.5192.

Department Information

Office of the President
Burpee Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4010
fax: 815-394-5105

Schedule of Events

12/09/2016 4:28 pm

SCHEDULE OF INAUGURAL EVENTS

Delegate and Guest Registration

8:30AM – 12:30PM

Burpee Student Center, First Floor

12:45PM – 1:30PM

Clark Arts Center

 

Academic Showcase

9:00AM – 11:45AM

 Click here for a complete list of events and locations

 

Lunch for Purchase

12:00PM – 12:45PM

Burpee Student Center Dining Hall, The Den

 

Academic Procession Line-Up

1:00PM

Clark Arts Center

 

Inaugural Ceremony

2:00PM

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

 

Community Reception

3:30PM

Regents Hall, Burpee Student Center

Department Information

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Office of the President
Burpee Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4010
fax: 815-394-5105

Inauguration

12/09/2016 4:19 pm

Inauguration

INAUGURATION

Inauguration

of

Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D.

as the 18th President of the University

Friday, November 4, 2016
2:00 p.m. 

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, Rockford University‌

 

Inaugural Address by Dr. Eric Fulcomer

Department Information

Office of the President
Burpee Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4010
fax: 815-394-5105

President’s Office

11/08/2016 1:38 pm

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.

Dr. Fulcomer’s full bio

 

President’s Annual Reports

Rockford University FY17 Annual Report e-edition

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:

 

 

Articles

Affiliations

Rockford University is proud to be affiliated with the following associations:

 

Presidential Search

07/25/2016 9:54 pm

Campus

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH

Update—February 22, 2016

The Rockford University Board of Trustees announced today that Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D., has been appointed as the 18th President of Rockford University, and to succeed Robert L. Head, Ph.D., who is retiring June 30, 2016. Dr. Fulcomer is the current Vice President for Enrollment Management at Rockford University and has more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education. Read more…

At a press conference on Feb. 22, 2016, Jim Keeling, Board of Trustees Vice-Chair and Chairman of our Presidential Search Committee, announced that Dr. Eric Fulcomer will be the next president of Rockford University.

Update—January 19, 2016

The Presidential Search Committee is pleased to announce that the Committee has selected four finalists for Rockford University’s next president. Each finalist will visit the University’s campus to meet via open forums with faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders, and members of the Board of Trustees on one of the following dates: January 25, 2016; January 27, 2016; February 1, 2016; and February 3, 2016. The Board of Trustees will be making a final decision regarding the selection of Rockford University’s 18th president after the campus visits and search process are complete.

Welcome

Rockford University, a co-educational, four-year private institution in Rockford, Illinois, invites nominations and applications for the position of President.  In February 2015, Dr. Robert L. Head, Rockford University’s 17thpresident, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2016, the date his current contract concludes.

Rockford Female Seminary was chartered in 1847, became Rockford College in 1892, and became fully coeducational in 1958. On July 1, 2013, the College transitioned to Rockford University. The University has nearly 16,000 alumni living around the world and seeks to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University’s mission is to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society. The University has more than 80 majors, minors and concentrations, and its degrees are extended to include an adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies as well as two master’s programs, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a 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 Best Midwest Regional University, Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,300 full- and part-time students, including a steadily increasing number of international students. In addition, the University has an established legacy in service learning that includes a strong community-based learning component embedded in its curriculum. The University’s distinguished and accomplished alumni are noted leaders and shapers of the communities in which they live. Their accomplishments include: developing the use of ACE inhibitors in the treatment of heart attacks, serving on the Bell Labs team that invented fiber optics and the LED, testing the first artificial heart valve in humans, manufacturing gears for NASA rovers to Mars, North Carolina and Illinois Teachers of the Year, serving as president of ABC Studios and The CW Network, and earning the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Like many small private institutions, Rockford University has not gone without its share of challenges. As we enter our search for the 18th president, we do so in a position of strength. Under Dr. Head’s presidency,

  • Total net assets have increased by $17 million to $22 million.
  • Additional programs to engage the community in meaningful partnerships have been developed.
  • Undergraduate enrollment is at an all-time high, and MBA enrollment is at an all-time high from its inception in 1984.
  • Fall-to-fall retention has increased by more than 14 percent.
  • The endowment has grown by more than $4 million to $14 million on the strength of $3 million raised.
  • Each of the last nine fiscal years have ended with positive operating income.
  • Substantial and continuous improvements to the campus infrastructure, including $5 million renovation to the Burpee Student Center.

The University enters this presidential search with tremendous hope and optimism. 168-years in the making, the University continues its proud legacy as a transformative educational force in the community.

On October 8, 2015, the University proudly announced the public phase of our capital campaign, Rock Solid & Ready: The Campaign for Rockford University. Through this campaign, we will raise $17.3 million to enhance our campus environment and the student experience. As of the public launch, we have raised $10.7 million toward the $17.3 million goal.

More About Rockford, Ill.

Located in northern Illinois just 90 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago, the City of Rockford is situated on a scenic riverfront and is home to 150,000 people who enjoy an urban atmosphere with the resources and benefits of a larger regional, combined statistical area of over 450,000. Known as the “City of Gardens,” Rockford has 7,000 acres of parks and public gardens. Within a few miles of the Rockford University campus, there are numerous restaurants, theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, museums, and galleries.

More information about Rockford:

Presidential Profile

The new President will report to the Board of Trustees and shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the University. The ideal candidate must have the following:

  • Exceptional skills in fiscal management and fundraising
  • A comprehensive understanding of current issues and opportunities in national and international education
  • A strong commitment to the liberal arts
  • The skills necessary for building important relationships for growth of the University
  • Attention to academic growth, relevance, and excellence
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A strong community presence

Search Process and Timeline

Hyatt-Fennell is assisting Rockford University in the search process. Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Cheryl Hyatt at Rockford@hyatt-fennell.com. Applications include a letter of interest, a current resume/cv and complete contact information for five professional references. Deadline is October 26, 2015.Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Rockford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee is a strong, representative group of the Rockford University campus community. It consists of six trustees who are not employed by the University: Charles Box, Helen Hill ’70, Sunil Puri ’82, Barbara Tanaglia ’73, Ray Wood ’10H and Jim Keeling. Three members of the faculty (one from each of the three academic colleges of the University): Deborah Breiter, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Science, Math and Nursing and Bartels Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry; John Burns, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages & Religion; and Hank Espensen, M.A., C.P.A., Professor of Accounting. There are also three staff members serving: Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost; Nellie Miller, Director of Marketing; and Maurice West, II, Director of Career Development. In addition, the President of the Student Government Association, Monica Parsons ’16, is also a member of the committee.

Department Information

Presidential Search Committee
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-490-4904

Jim Keeling, Chair and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
jkeeling@hinshawlaw.com

QUICK FACT

Released in 2014, our Regional Economic Impact Analysis quantified the added value Rockford University generates for our regional community. In total, Rockford University and our students generated an additional $118.1 million in income to the economy.

President’s Office

07/25/2016 9:52 pm

Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer

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.

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

 

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
815-226-4010
fax: 815-394-5105

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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.