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Cathleen “Cat” Fuller is the director of international partnerships, articulation agreements and degree programs at the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Fuller holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in advertising and promotions, and a Master’s of Arts in educational leadership with emphasis on international education, both from WMU.
Fuller began her 14-year career in international education at WMU as an intern in the Study Abroad office. After graduation, she was offered the position of twinning programs assistant in the Office of International Affairs. Upon the retirement in 2002 of the director of WMU's twinning programs, Dr. Richard Pippen, Fuller assumed directorship of twinning and exchange programs. Responding to the ever-changing market of international education, Fuller has been instrumental in developing new initiatives to meet the needs of WMU’s international partners and their students, including the Study Abroad @ WMU program, dual degree partnerships and partnering with community colleges.
She has worked extensively with many WMU departments (American Studies, Religion, Geology, Political Science, among others) to secure and manage various State Department and other grant programs. Fuller also served as the WMU campus representative for Fulbright, IREX and other government-sponsored scholarship programs—traveling to the Caucuses in 2005 to interview potential IREX scholars. She has extensive international experience throughout the world, including working with partners and students in India, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and she has represented WMU in Pakistan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, The Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Korea and other countries.
Fuller's main responsibilities include directing WMU's twinning programs, dual degree programs, and working with the international community college partnership program. She is also responsible for general international recruitment and international program development.
Since 1999, Fuller has been involved in WMU’s chapter of the American Professional Association, serving a one-year term as vice president and on various committees. She is also on the Colleagues International Board of Directors—a Kalamazoo-based, non-profit organization that hosts visits by short-term international visitors.