Communications studies professor Rex Fuller looks forward to sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, teaching part time and spending time with his grandchildren during his retirement. Fuller has contributed to many developing programs at JMU and recognizes "the impact of his mentors on his success as a JMU faculty member."
Fuller participated in the establishment of the Conflict and Mediation Studies Program, which teaches positive principled conflict management skills. He also had the opportunity to teach the Freshman Seminar, which he singles out as "the most important activity that influenced his teaching."
During the development of the General Education Program, Fuller served as a Cluster One coordinator, which allowed him to contribute to the university and its students for many years. In 1986, Fuller was awarded the Distinguished Communicator Award by the Virginia Speech Communication Association. A variety of mentors throughout his career helped Fuller understand the power of vision, scholarly integrity and the value of making a commitment and never giving up. W. Clement Stone's quotation, "whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve" has guided Fuller throughout his career as a faculty member at JMU.