Supporting MSU’s Fuller

Dick Jenkins, Lenore Koczon, Rick Hedberg, Marv Semrau, Brian Foisy, Kevin Harmon, all Minot

We, the members of the President’s staff at Minot State University, are expressing support of Dr. David Fuller as our president. Our letter is in response to his evaluation posted on a blog earlier this week. This in itself is unsettling as well as in violation of North Dakota Century Code since it had not been shared with him. We believe the chancellor’s evaluation is simply wrong.

Dr. David Fuller has led Minot State University in a strategic manner through the development and implementation of Vision 2013. This strategic plan identified strategies for: stabilizing enrollment through enhanced recruiting initiatives; diversifying the ethnic make-up of our student body with special attention for Native Americans from North Dakota; improving support mechanisms for current students through direct student success services to improve retention and graduation rates; improving quality of instruction by increasing the number of professors with terminal degrees; increasing salaries for faculty and staff; and strengthening engagement opportunities for students. These are just a few of the many improvements made by Dr. David Fuller through Vision 2013.

We are also very proud of the many physical improvements made to our university during Dr. Fuller’s tenure: Crane Residence Hall remodel, Swain Hall Renovation, Student Center remodel, and new construction projects including the Wellness Center and Herb Parker stadium projects. Dr. Fuller has also taken the lead in environmental issues by transforming a portion of the campus to geothermal heating and cooling as well as implementing campus-wide recycling programs. Under Dr. Fuller’s direction, Minot State University responded well to the needs of our community during the flood of 2011. A successful capital campaign is under way with record setting donations to our foundation and increased alumni giving. Dr. Fuller’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention is this letter; his record stands on it own.

Based on his demonstrated strong leadership, we support Dr. David Fuller as our president and support his request for an independent evaluation of his performance. Furthermore, we support Dr. David Fuller’s request to expunge this evaluation from the record. We also believe he merits a raise in pay comparable to the other NDUS presidents.