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WGU's Governance and Leadership

WGU is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of educators, industry leaders, and state governors. In addition, WGU continues to draw support from the governors of the member states that were instrumental in the founding of WGU.

Board of Trustees

Joseph B. Fuller, Chair
Professor of Management Practice & Co-Head of the Managing the Future of Work Project at Harvard Business School

John W. Bluford III
President & Founder
Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute

April Chou
Managing Director
Jasper Ridge Partners

Cole Clark
Managing Director, Higher Education

Dwana Franklin-Davis
Reboot Representation

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
Operating Partner
Owl Ventures

Kerry Healey
Former Lieutenant Governor
State of Massachusetts

The Honorable Eric Holcomb
State of Indiana

Lenny Mendonca
Former Chief Economic & Business Advisor
State of California

Talia Milgrom-Elcott
Founder & Executive Director
Beyond100K & Starfish Institute

Eloy Oakley
College Futures Foundation

The Honorable Jared Polis
State of Colorado

Scott D. Pulsipher
Western Governors University

David Simmons
Chairman & CEO
Simmons Media Group

Emeritus Trustees

The Honorable Jim Geringer
Director of Policy

Former Governor
State of Wyoming (1995-2003)

Dr. Samuel H. Smith
President Emeritus
Washington State University

University Leadership Council

Scott D. Pulsipher
President and Chief Executive Officer

Courtney Hills McBeth
Chief Academic Officer and Provost

Bonnie Pattee
Senior Vice President, People & Talent

Nadeem Syed
Chief Financial Officer

David Morales
Senior Vice President, Technology and CIO

Gene Hayes
Senior Vice President, Regional Operations

Paul Bingham
Senior Vice President and Executive Dean, School of Technology

Stacey Ludwig-Johnson
Senior Vice President, School of Education

David Perkinson
Senior Vice President, Program Development

Scott Neuner
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Bob Hunt
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

David Grow
Chief Operating Officer

Sarah DeMark
Vice Provost, Workforce Intelligence & Credential Integrity

Debbie Fowler
Senior Vice President, Student Success

Keith Smith
Senior Vice President, Leavitt School of Health

Mitsu Frazier
Senior Vice President, School of Business

Jason Levin
Executive Director, WGU LABS

Chris Lee
President, WGU Academy

The WGU System

WGU is transforming higher education for every learner. Our system is focused on ensuring that every type of student gets applicable skills that they can implement in their career immediately—before they even graduate. Our colleges and programs are directly tied to current workforce needs, ensuring that students are getting relevant skills that will enhance their lives, their careers, and their communities. 

Our system also ensures that learners who need additional help also have the ability to get their specific needs met. Our innovative teams are constantly doing research and working with partners, governments, and other organizations to identify workforce needs and location needs. This ensures that every WGU student is able to get individualized help and skill that is applicable to their life. Our system is entirely designed around the idea that each student has specific needs, and that together we can help meet them.

The National Advisory Board

Members of the National Advisory Board represent corporations and foundations across the country and provide ongoing support and advice to the university.

The National Advisory Board is made up of a diverse group of industry leaders. Its members help WGU foster a global, visionary perspective in the strategic planning process, ultimately enhancing our ability to fulfill our mission.