Wes Fugate is vice president and chief of staff for President Bradley Bateman at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. Fugate oversees the Office of College Relations, which includes community relations, public relations, media relations, publications, website and electronic communications, and special events. He also oversees the Office of the President, serving as a strategic advisor to the president and secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Fugate is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2016–2017 Executive Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the year-long program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who may wish to consider a presidency of an independent college or university. Fugate will participate in two seminars in Washington, D.C.; the opening seminar will take place July 11–13, 2016 and the closing seminar will be held June 19–21, 2017. He also will engage in readings, webinars, and a mentoring program. In addition, he will develop a professional experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility.
Fugate earned his B.A. in dramatic arts and economics from Centre College, a M.Ed. in higher education administration with an emphasis in institutional advancement from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.
Prior to Randolph, Fugate served as director of program advancement and assistant to the dean for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, deputy chief of staff for planning and education policy for the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and advisor to the Interfraternity Council for the University of Georgia.
Fugate is involved in several local organizations, including service as a board member for the Lynchburg Beacon of Hope and legislative affairs committee chair for the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is the chief learning officer of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and a member-at-large for the Jenny Wiley Theatre Board of Trustees.