Head of School Laura Fuller Announces Retirement

Laura Fuller, who has served as head of school at University School of Milwaukee since 2011, has shared her intent to retire at the end of the upcoming 2019–20 school year, which will be her ninth year leading the state’s top PK–12 school. Fuller previously shared her plans with the school’s Board of Trustees, and made the announcement to the school’s faculty and staff yesterday.

“My charge when I was hired was clear—build upon this very good school and make it a great school—and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. My husband, Tom, and I are looking forward to our retirement together, and while we will greatly miss this place, we are excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with our children and their growing families. I am grateful to all in our wonderful community who have supported and worked with us on every step of this journey, and I look forward to handing off a school that is in terrific condition.”

Under Fuller’s leadership, University School has seen continued academic success from its students, and the school’s reputation and enrollment have continued to grow as a result, evidenced by four years of record enrollment during her time. In addition to consistently having the highest average ACT scores in the state, the school has had 55 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists and 12 Intel ISEF Science Fair award winners during her tenure thus far. University School students have also earned 86 Scholastic Art Gold and Silver Key Awards and 23 varsity athletics state championships since her arrival.

Fuller is currently leading the ongoing $27 million Our Common Bond fundraising campaign, which is expected to exceed its goal prior to her departure. This campaign has helped grow the school’s robust endowment, and has also helped transform the campus through the recent completion of new and innovative classroom, fine arts, and community gathering spaces throughout the school, including the 3,336-square-foot Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration, a new state-of-the-art performing arts center, and the Jack Olson ’67 Commons dining and community room. As a result, the school’s curriculum has continued to evolve for the benefit of all students through a commitment to blending new innovative pedagogies with traditional academics. Prior to Our Common Bond, Fuller led affinity fundraising projects to improve the ice arena and add new turf fields and a stadium to the campus.

“Under Laura’s leadership, University School has experienced transformational success in many areas,” said Andrew Petzold, president of the Board of Trustees. “The programming and level of teaching and professionalism that exists here is without comparison, and the results have led to University School being recognized as one of the premier independent schools, not only in the Midwest, but nationally. There is no question that the school’s impeccable reputation and strong community puts us in a position to attract a stellar new leader—and I thank Laura for having contributed greatly to our successes.”

The school will immediately commence a national search process for Fuller’s successor.
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