B.A., SUNY Geneseo M.M., Yale University D.M.A., University of Southern California
Bradley Fuster joined the SUNY Buffalo State faculty in 2005 as professor of percussion and served as founding chair of music until 2014. In 2014 he served Buffalo State as the Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, overseeing operations in Admissions, Registrar, and Financial Aid. In this role, Fuster helped yield the largest and most diverse cohort of new students in institutional history. Fuster was subsequently appointed as Interim Chief Information Officer, responsible for operations in all campus computing, E. H. Butler Library, Instructional Resources and served on the President's Cabinet. Upon completion of these two interim position, Fuster was appointed to his current role as Special Assistant to the Provost for Innovative Learning. He holds a bachelor of arts from SUNY Geneseo, a master's of music from Yale University, and the doctor of musical arts degree in percussion from the University of Southern California, with a minor in higher education policy analysis. Fuster also completed Harvard University’s Management Development Program.
Fuster's internal and external advocacy for the Music Department resulted in the installation of a $250,000 music technology lab, Ciminelli Recital Hall, Klein Recital Hall Lobby, Rowland Teaching Studio, Steinmiller Stage, and LoRusso Recording Studio and Control Room. The naming of these performance spaces created a $1.4 million endowment for music scholarships. In 2013 Fuster was co-investigator of a tier one SUNY IITG grant that augmented the technological capabilities in the above-mentioned facilities, ranking them among the most technologically sophisticated music venues in the United States as cited in “Wired” and “Front of House” magazines. Fuster serves as chair of Buffalo State’s Online Advisory Committee, and remains committed to propelling the institution’s ability to serve students at a distance as well as develop fully online programs and market them nationally through social media.
Fuster has toured and recorded on six continents as a symphonic percussionist and timpanist. He performs regularly with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and previously served as the principal timpanist with the Santa Monica Symphony, Pasadena Lyric Opera, Pasadena Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra. Fuster recorded seven cds with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falleta and performed with the group in Carnegie Hall.
Fuster served as a state chapter president of the Percussive Arts Society, as a Trustee of the Community Music School of Buffalo, as President of the New York State Association of College Music Programs (NYSACMP), and continues to hold leadership roles in a multitude of professional and service organizations.