Laura Fuller returned to Wisconsin to lead University School of Milwaukee for the 2011–12 school year and is now in her eighth year as the head of school. Laura, who was the school’s first female head, recently announced her plans to retire
at the conclusion of the 2019–20 school year, which will be her ninth and final year at the school.
Prior to her arrival at University School, Laura served from 2007 to 2011 as head of St. Catherine's School, an all-girls independent, Episcopal, JK–12 college-preparatory day school in Richmond, Virginia. Before St. Catherine's School, she served as head of upper school at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa and as head of the science department at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. Laura earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
Laura and her husband, Tom, are proud and grateful to be members of the University School community. "I am a big believer in embracing the concept of a family school, and our family has certainly felt this warmth and caring during our time here.” The Fullers have six adult children.
Laura credits her many years as a parent for helping her develop some of her most profound thoughts as an educator. "The children have taught me patience (and sometimes impatience), humility and compassion, perseverance, and that being a parent is the biggest gift any of us could ever experience."
She is the school’s eighth head since 1964, when University School of Milwaukee was formed as a result of the merger of the three schools—Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and Milwaukee University School.