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STEPHEN S. FULLER, PhD,
University Professor and Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development
Director, Center for Regional Analysis, School of Public Policy

Professor Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1994 as Professor of Public Policy and served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from July 1998 to June 2000 and again since July 2001. He also serves is Director of the Center for Regional Analysis. In September 2001, the GMU Board of Visitors appointed him University Professor.

Prior to joining the George Mason University faculty, he served on the faculty at George Washington University for twenty-five years, including nine as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development and one as Director of Doctoral Programs for the School of Business and Public Management.

Dr. Fuller received a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University (1962) and his Doctorate in Regional Planning and Economic Development (1969) from Cornell University. He has authored more than 500 articles, papers, and reports in the field of urban and regional economic development including monthly reports on the Washington metropolitan area and Fairfax county economies.

His research has focused on the changing structure of metropolitan area economies and measuring its current and near-term performance. He developed a series of indicators to track the current and near-term performance of the Washington's area economy in 1990 and authored Economy Watch, published monthly by the Greater Washington Research Center from February 1991 to September 1996. These indicators are currently available monthly on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's website. He also developed leading and coincident indices for Fairfax County in 1997 that are published monthly on the County's website. His Washington area research includes studies on the impacts of federal spending, the hospitality industry, international business, and technology on the Washington area and District of Columbia economies. His research also includes international assignments including on going projects in Portugal.

Professor Fuller serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and is an economic advisor to Fairfax County, VA, and Charles County, MD. He served on the Governor's Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1991 to 1997 and the Virginia Commission on the Commonwealth's Planning and Budgeting Process from 1998-1999. He presently serves on the State of Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates' Business Advisory Board and is a member of the DC Office of Tax and Revenue Business Advisory Group.

In 1996, he was honored by the Economic Club of Washington as Educator of the Year and in 1997 was selected for the Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award by Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society of land economists. He served as President of the Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha from 1998 to 2000 and is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Washington District Council. In 2001, he was selected by NAIOP as a Distinguished Fellow for a three-year term running through 2004.