Former Xerox Executive Brings Business Leadership to Campus as RIT’s Minett Professor

Pittsford resident Emerson Fullwood will lecture at RIT’s Saunders College of Business

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Emerson U. Fullwood, former Xerox Corp. vice president and executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America, has been named the newest Frederick H. Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Fullwood will be teaching a course in business leadership, management and marketing.

In 2004, Fullwood was named corporate vice president of Xerox Corp. and executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America’s $9 billion business. In his most recent Xerox assignment, Fullwood directed marketing operations for the entire portfolio of Xerox offerings, including office systems, digital production equipment and Global Services, through the complete spectrum of direct and indirect sales, and marketing organizations. Prior to this assignment, he served as president of the Xerox Channels Group, where he managed worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of office products through resellers, agents, concessionaires and dealers.

An active business leader, Fullwood sits on the board of directors of SPX Corp., Vanguard Group and AmeriGroup. Formerly, he served on the board of General Signal Corp. He frequently is named among the nation’s top executives, earning recognition in 2007 from Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 from VARBusiness magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers.

A passionate community leader, Fullwood serves as a board member, trustee or officer for a range of organizations including Rochester Urban League; Rochester Boy Scouts of America Otetiana Council; Monroe Community College Foundation; North Carolina A&T University; and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and United Way of Greater Rochester. He also works with several professional and church organizations.

The Minett Professorship is designed to bring distinguished Rochester-area minority professionals to RIT to share their professional knowledge and experience with students and faculty for one academic year. Past Minett professors include Essie Calhoun, chief diversity officer and community affairs director, Eastman Kodak Co.; Clayton Osbourne, vice president of human resources, Bausch & Lomb; H. Moka Lantum, director of medical services, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; G. Peter Jemison, curator of the Fenimore Art Museum; Augustin Melendez, vice president for human resources, Eastman Kodak Co.; Michael Finney, former president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise; and Gladys Santiago, president of Rochester City Council.

For more information about the Minett Professorship, contact Sandra Whitmore at (585) 475-5453 or visit