Arthur Fullerton, Moderator

A lifelong Presbyterian, Arthur grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Arkansas. Warren is a small town of about 6,500 famous as the Land of Tall Pines and Pink Tomatoes. He has two ruling elder parents and a teaching elder sister (Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair of Ann Arbor, MI) along with an older brother who tries to avoid churches whenever possible.

Like his father and older brother before him, he is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ where among other activities he was head chapel usher, editor of the yearbook, and president of the debating society -- (what better training for moderating presbytery?).

Arthur holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in History and Classics (Latin & Ancient Greek) from Tulane University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and the University of Pennsylvania with a Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP).

In his past Arthur has worked many years for Covenant House, the nation’s largest private childcare agency working with homeless young adults and kids. He has run for public office unsuccessfully (both times as a Democrat). He has started multiple businesses with varying degrees of success. He has taught business, economics, and psychology -- most recently as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written numerous unpublished books including a guide to nonprofit management and a murder mystery set along the Mississippi. He co-founded the Tulane LGBT Alumni Association, and has worked as an advocate for full LGBT inclusion and equal rights for over 20 years.

Currently, Arthur lives in New Baltimore, NY in an old house © 1860 overlooking the Hudson River that takes much of his spare time and all of his spare money. Arthur serves as Sponsorship Chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and on the Board of the Friends of the New York State Library. He also serves as a Ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, NY. Within Albany Presbytery Arthur has twice served as an Overture Advocate to General Assembly, is past chair of the Board of Trustees, is current chair of the ad hoc Budget Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees, and your newly elected Vice Moderator. Lastly, Arthur professionally consults with nonprofits about fundraising and organizational leadership, religiously roots for Arkansas Razorbacks, and spiritually practices the 12 steps (22 years sober --one day at a time; it works if you work it!).

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