Howard Fuller

Keynote: Equity and Excellence in Education Systems: A Purposeful Design

Howard Fuller is a distinguished professor of education and founder/director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The institute’s mission is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children.

Previously, Fuller was superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, where he became nationally known for his unending support for fundamental educational reform. Other past roles include dean of general education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and associate director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University. He was also a senior fellow with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Fuller has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Carroll College, master’s in social administration from Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. in sociological foundations of education from Marquette University.


He is chair of the board of Milwaukee Collegiate Academy. He also serves on the boards of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Milwaukee Teach for America, Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, and Education Cities. He is an advisory board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.