Board Member Biography – William Edward Fuller, Ph.D

Dr. Fuller graduated from West Virginia University in 1973 with a degree in Social Work and began a career with the West Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Later he accepted an appointment as Director of Finance and Development at Grafton School in Berryville, VA, a school for children with autism.  Dr. Fuller earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Shenandoah University where he concentrated in Finance and Information Management.  He served as Executive Director of Access Independence, an independent living center serving people with disabilities.  There Dr. Fuller developed accessible housing for people with very serious disabilities.  In 1997 Dr. Fuller founded Paragon Consulting, to assist organizations, like HOME, Inc. develop accessible, affordable housing for people with disabilities.  He holds several prestigious awards including the President’s Award, The Disabled Businessman of the Year Award, and the National Disabled Scholar Award.  He is a former wheelchair athlete and four-time finisher of the Marine Corps Marathon.

Dr. Fuller was granted a Ph. D. from the Department of Education in Urban Services from Virginia Commonwealth University where he concentrated in disability policy and real estate development.  He is widely published in the field of disability policy and collaborated on a Legislative Housing Study for the Virginia General Assembly, Disability Commission.  Dr. Fuller was appointed to the position of Housing Initiatives Officer with the Virginia Housing Development Authority in 2003.

Dr. Fuller has been appointed by Governor Warner to the Olmstead Planning Task Force, Serves as Vice Chairman of the Olmstead Community Integration Implementation Team and co-chairs the Disability Commission Housing Work Group.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Virginia Supportive Housing and the Virginia Housing Coalition.  He was honored in 2006 by the Coalition as one of 25 “Architects of Change” in the field of affordable housing.  Dr. Fuller was appointed by the Speaker of the House of the Virginia General Assembly to the Governing Board of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy and the Virginia Community Integration Commission.  He was also appointed to the National Association of Governors “Healthy Communities” Task Force.

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