Dr. Wesley R. Fugate
Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D., began service as the 20th president of Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., in January of 2020.
Prior to his appointment at Wilson, Fugate served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va. In this role, he oversaw multicultural student services, international student services, spiritual life, orientation, commuter student services, leadership, community service, student activities and traditions, residence life, student conduct, health services, counseling services, safety and security, and athletics.
Fugate has also served Randolph College as vice president and chief of staff, secretary of the board of trustees, serving as strategic adviser to the president while coordinating the work of the Cabinet, managing the operations of the Office of the President and the trustees, and leading the communication, marketing, events, community relations and government relations functions of the college. In addition, he served as interim vice president for enrollment management, where he oversaw Randolph’s admissions and financial aid efforts.
Previously, Fugate served as deputy chief of staff for planning and education policy to the governor of Kentucky; director of events for a national political party’s victory efforts, where he coordinated events for the president, vice president and first lady of the United States, as well as a myriad of other high-ranking officials; adviser to the Interfraternity Council at the University of Georgia; and director of program advancement for Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program, where he successfully solicited the lead gifts for the program’s inaugural endowment campaign.
Fugate earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in higher education administration with an emphasis on institutional advancement, and a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in dramatic arts and economics. He is the recipient of the Alice L. Beeman Research Award in Communications and Marketing for Educational Advancement─Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Fugate serves as chairman of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the board of directors for the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. He is past president of the Endstation Theatre Company board of directors, past chair of the Lynchburg Beacon of Hope board of directors, past treasurer of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) board of directors, past member of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Board Professionals Leadership Group and a past board member of Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program, the Centre College Alumni Association, Jenny Wiley Theatre and the Kentucky Theatre Association.
A frequent presenter on issues in higher education, Fugate is the recipient of numerous recognitions, most recently the Centre College Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and has received many awards for his work as an adviser with students. He has been named to Phi Kappa Tau’s inaugural Phi Tau’s Under 40 and Lynchburg Business’s inaugural Twenty Under Forty. Fugate also was a participant in the Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council for Independent Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Advancing to the Presidency by the American Council on Education.
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