Howard Fuller, Ph.D.
Civil Rights Activist and Founder, Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University
Dr. Howard Fuller retired from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June of 2020 where he is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.
Prior to his retirement, he was the Founder and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning (ITL). Fuller founded ITL in 1995 to provide quality educational options for students of low-income families. The Institute awarded nearly $36 million in grants from local and national foundations for working across systems to reform K-12 education in Milwaukee and nationally. In addition to 25 years at Marquette, Dr. Fuller also served as Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Employment Relations, and Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. His work in the community included serving as Chair of the boards of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), Alliance for Choices in Education in Milwaukee, CEO of the Leadership Academy/Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, Quest-Milwaukee, and the Charter School Review Committee for the City of Milwaukee. The Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee, is named in his honor and he is a member of the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. Dr. Fuller received a B.S. degree from Carroll College, M.S.A. degree from Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. from Marquette University.