Dr. Elizabeth Aube-VanPatten is a team culture and people-focused HR Professional. In late 2022, she became the Lead Academic Program Manager for all HR Programs at Western Governors University, where she has served since 2019. In this role, Elizabeth is the overall end-to-end business owner for her programs, including market segmentation, selection, program requirements, curriculum, and student retention. Prior to her latest appointment, Elizabeth was responsible for all faculty operations in the Marketing and Human Resource Management Programs.
Before championing the area of Competency Based Education, Elizabeth has spent most of her career in higher education, where she was an Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University in the Department of Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. She was also the first full-time faculty member hired in the Sports Media & Communication program at the University of Rhode Island.
Elizabeth received her PhD in Education from Northcentral University, where her dissertation focus was the importance of mental health advocacy for Division I student-athletes. She also holds an MS from the University of Illinois, and a BS from St. John’s University.
Elizabeth is dedicated to advancing equitable access and inclusion in education, by identifying students’ individual needs, removing barriers to access, and providing appropriate accommodations for students who need them. She has been recognized throughout career for being a strategic leader by analyzing trends, utilizing, and allocating resources, as well as facilitating growth within advanced academics and higher education.