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Reflecting On A Decade

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Whether he was in his office, at a sporting event, or somewhere in the community, you couldn't go long without seeing Minot State President Dr. David Fuller. But, that will change in a few weeks.

From improving academics to infrastructure, many things have changed at Minot State over the past 10 years under Fuller. But he's the first to admit, it's taken a team to achieve success.

“It's the wonderful faculty we have, the people that are very innovative and committed to learning and working closely with the students. And then the staff that reach out and help. All of those people make a campus what it is,” says Fuller.

Fuller was in his fourth year at Wayne State College in Nebraska when he got the job as Minot State's 10th president. Over his time, he's made sure his face has been a regular sight around the Minot State Campus and the Magic City community.

“You really gain insight into a person, and what they're made of when they reach out to people and care for people as individuals, and at the same time collectively more in this case our campus as a whole forward,” says Bill Harbort a professor in the Arts Department.

Early in his tenure, Fuller launched a comprehensive 18-month study that would help shape the future of Minot State University, and what he says, is his biggest accomplishment as MSU president.

“What I was proud of is at the beginning of my tenure we got a lot of people together to talk about where does this campus need to go? What are our problems? What can we do to make it a stronger service for students? So, we created that strategic plan called Vision 2013, and that really provided us the roadmap, the guidance to move together towards it,” stated Fuller.

And Minot State faculty has recognized the hard work.

“And he was very focused and consistent in implementing this vision. It took years, but we arrived where we wanted to arrive and we are very proud of it,” says Jacek Mrozik the Interim Dean for the MSU College of Business.

Be Seen, Be Heard, the MSU motto. Four words David Fuller takes very seriously when it comes to the futures of thousands of students that will become Minot State Beavers. And at the end of the day, that's what his job has been about, the students.

“I see a lot of these young people come in, and they're not sure what they're doing here, or what this means to be at a college. Then you see them year after year continue to grow. And they grow into some very respectable people,” says Fuller.

President Fuller and his wife Nancy will be heading to Nebraska to spend time with someone who has been a big supporter of them throughout their lives. Fuller says he looks forward to more free-time, but will continue to contribute to the welfare of everyone around him.

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