Teaches IMC 638 - Public Affairs
Before joining Asher Agency, he spent more than 22 years at GolinHarris Public Affairs, utilizing Congressional and federal agency meetings, grassroots campaigns, creative events, videos, survey research and media relations to enhance his advocacy activities and achieve tremendous government relations results for his clients.
Prior to joining GolinHarris, Mike worked for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Appropriations Chairman Alan B. Mollohan and the late Rep. Robert H. Mollohan, both of West Virginia) as associate counsel to the House Appropriations Committee, press secretary, and special projects assistant. During his Congressional career, he worked to solve community, institutional and economic challenges.
One of Mike’s specialties is working with institutions of higher education, and he has assisted dozens of schools across the country either individually or as part of consortiums working on common interests. Some of the larger research institutions he has worked with include: West Virginia University, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of New Hampshire, Michigan Technological University, Kent State University and Southeast Missouri State University.
A community college graduate, Mike understands the value of vocational and technical certificate and stackable credentials essential to workforce development and training. Northampton Community College in PA, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System; and CTCs from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia that make up ShaleNET are institutions he has assisted.
Healthcare is another area where Mike has excelled. Since 1988, he has worked on a myriad of projects at West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Other health clients of his include the Montana Meth Project, American College of Sports Medicine, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance, Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Adena Health System in Chillicothe, OH; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA, Memorial Hospital in Carthage, IL, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV, and the National Hepatitis B Foundation.
In the technology arena, Mike has helped the Semiconductor Industry Association, Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium, and Texas Instruments secure funding for basic research, skilled workforce training and math pilot programs in middle schools.
Some of the energy and environmental clients Mike has worked with include Chevron, Dow Chemical Company, National Insulation Association, Heat and Frost Insulators Union, ShaleNET, Flexsys America L.P. (now Solutia), Micell Technologies on environmentally-friendly solvents, the Appalachian Energy Group (an alliance of seven state oil and gas associations), West Virginia University’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy, Kent State University on a fuel cell partnership with Battelle Laboratories, and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (made up of numerous training centers around the country).
Mike is a graduate of both West Virginia University at Parkersburg (Associate in
Arts in Humanities) and West Virginia University (Bachelor of Science in Journalism).
Professionally, he is active in the Grassroots Professionals Network and Public
Relations Society of America. As an alumni, he served six years on the national
board of directors of the WVU Alumni Association and multiple years on
the Visiting Committee of the WVU Reed College of Media. For the past
five years, Mike has taught a master’s level online course in Public Affairs for
WVU’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program. He is also a frequent
op-ed contributor in
The Hill, Campaigns and Elections, CQ Connectivity, Bloomberg.gov, PRSA Tactics
Past Student Feedback
- Prof. Fulton did an amazing job at participating in the discussion boards. I have never had a professor that was so quick to give feedback to every person in the class. His feedback did a great job at prompting further discussions from the class.
- Professor Fulton was just wonderful. He made himself available all the time for anything we needed to ask him. He provided the class with very informative outside articles and ask questions on the discussion board that made us do some major critical thinking and research regarding important issues in public affairs. I appreciated all that he did for me personally and he made my experience in the class a real pleasure.
- One of the best instructors I have had in the program. He took an interest in me
as student, provided me with feedback and grades in a timely manner, and helped
me to get a better understanding of government relations and public affairs.
Mike was named “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper four consecutive years, and his public affairs campaigns have received awards and honors from PR Week, the Thoth Awards, and West Virginia Crystal Awards. A case study he led for thee National Association of Music Merchants is featured in "Cases in Public Relations Strategy" by Burton St. John III, Diana Knott Martinelli, Robert S. Pritchard and Cylor Spaulding.
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