Fulton's appointment is part of a reorganization in the SOE administration that included the selection this summer of Research Prof. John Cawthorne as the inaugural assistant dean for students and outreach. In her newly created position, Fulton will oversee the school's budget and help guide its utilization of technology.
"We're getting excited about ways we can enhance our experience in different areas of technology," said Fulton, citing the recent introduction of on-line forms for financial aid and work-study applications. "We're looking at how to use the technology available to become more streamlined and a little more paper-less."
"Mary Ellen Fulton has the professional administration skills, a commitment to service and terrific experience working with the major departments of the University," said SOE Dean Mary Brabeck. "Her ethic is one of service to the faculty, students and the University, and she will help SOE achieve its mission of scholarship, professional preparation, outreach and social justice. She will work with program directors, the other SOE deans and University administrators to ensure that we are one of the best managed units on campus."
Fulton worked from 1975 to 1984 as a staff assistant in the offices of Housing, Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Affairs. After a 12-year hiatus - during which time she earned a master of business administration degree from Boston College and was a management consultant and marketing director - she returned in 1996 to serve as assistant director of the Neighborhood Center.
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