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Western Governors University Appoints Two New Board Members

News Brief - 7/21/17

Jessie Woolley-Wilson, education technology leader, and Joe Fuller, Harvard Business School professor, join WGU’s Board of Trustees this month

SALT LAKE CITY — Western Governors University (WGU) has tapped two leaders in 21st century education to serve on the nonprofit, online university’s Board of Trustees. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO and President of Dreambox Learning, and Joseph B. Fuller, Professor of Management Practice and Co-Director of the Managing the Future of Work Project at Harvard Business School, joined WGU’s board earlier this month.

In addition to her role as President and CEO of Dreambox Learning, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has held executive leadership positions in a number of education technology companies, including Kaplan, LeapFrog SchoolHouse, and Blackboard. She is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for transformative innovation in education. Wilson has been recognized for her leadership and impact by Seattle Business Magazine, Forbes, and The New York Times. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia.

“I am honored to join WGU’s board and support the university in its mission to expand access to affordable, high-quality higher education,” said Woolley-Wilson. “I look forward to bringing my experience in education technology to this passionate group.”

Joseph Fuller currently teaches the General Management Processes and Action course in Harvard Business School’s MBA program. As Co-Director of the Managing the Future of Work Project, Fuller is researching and developing solutions to address the skills gap in the U.S. Prior to his faculty role at Harvard, Fuller was founder and CEO of Monitor Group, a global consulting firm, working extensively with technology firms. He has written extensively on education and workforce issues in publications such as the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Harvard University.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve on WGU’s board,” Fuller said. “My research highlights the criticality of maintaining our skills base to America’s competitiveness. WGU’s competency-based, online model is precisely the type of innovative solution required to ensure our future prosperity.”

“WGU’s Board has an important leadership role to play in guiding the university to ensure that we continue to fulfill our competency-based mission, including our promise to expand access to the underserved,” said WGU Board of Trustees Chairman and former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer. “Jessie and Joe, with their backgrounds in educational technology, adaptive learning, and education for the contemporary workforce, will provide valuable insight and expertise to our Board.”

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