Dr. Sally Johnstone Joins WGU, 10/20/11

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Dr. Sally Johnstone Joins WGU as Vice President, Academic Advancement

Former Winona State University Provost Joins Online University

SALT LAKE CITY — Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, has appointed former Winona State University Provost, Dr. Sally Johnstone, as Vice President, Academic Advancement. In this assignment, Dr. Johnstone will have both an external and an internal role. She will serve as academic spokesperson for the university, acting as a liaison with education organizations, associations, and conferences. In addition, Johnstone will work with WGU’s industry and academic program councils to ensure that WGU students continue to receive high-quality, relevant education.

Dr. Johnstone joins WGU with more than 25 years of leadership experience in higher education, with particular emphasis on the integration of technology into teaching and learning. For the past five years, she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. From 1989 to 2006, she was Executive Director of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET) at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Dr. Johnstone has authored dozens of publications on higher education policy, distance learning, and open educational resources. She will continue to serve on several editorial boards and on the U.S. UNESCO Commission.

“Dr. Johnstone was involved in the original concept and design of WGU and our competency-based learning model, and we’re very pleased that she has agreed to join the university,” said WGU President Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall. “Her experience in higher education will be invaluable to us as we continue to improve our curriculum and spread the word about our unique model throughout the higher education community.”