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News Brief - 8/9/07

Dr. Thomas H. Kemp Named New Director of Business Programs at WGU

SALT LAKE CITY -- Dr. Thomas H. Kemp has been named the new director of business programs for the College of Business at Western Governors University. Dr. Kemp joins the university following a long and distinguished career at University of Phoenix. There, he spent 23 years in teaching and leadership in graduate and undergraduate business education. He received a distinguished teaching award in 1990 and numerous commendations for leadership in business and research programs and projects.

Prior to that, Dr. Kemp also worked in human resources at Utah's two major aerospace companies, Hercules and Thiokol, and was an education consultant. Dr. Kemp also taught at several other institutions of higher education, including BYU and Weber State University during the course of his career.

Dr. Kemp earned his degrees in political science and public management at the University of Utah, culminating in his doctorate in 1976. He was appointed as master's of public administration program director there, a post he held for six years.

"We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Kemp's experience at Western Governors University, " says WGU President Dr. Robert Mendenhall. "He has worked extensively in the undergraduate and graduate business disciplines and will contribute significantly to the further building of our College of Business."

"Western Governors University began, in my opinion, from the genius of those who saw the urgent need to provide business and society with people who can actually do the job they are trained and educated to do. Competency-based education is the answer to that need," says Dr. Kemp. He believes WGU does what many universities have failed to do for non-traditional adults learners, and that is to provide educational advantage and opportunity to both the learners and their employers.