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David Morales

David Morales

Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Technology | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

David Morales serves as CIO and Senior Vice President of Technology at Western Governors University.

Areas of Expertise: 

Product and Process Development, Education Technology, and Cloud Applications


The University of Texas at El Paso: B.S., Computer Science  2001

Social: LinkedIn, Twitter


David Morales is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Technology at Western Governors University, where he is responsible for shaping WGU’s education technology agenda. Under his leadership, his team has been instrumental in leading WGU’s open-source initiative – the Open Skills Management Toolkit (OSMT) as an open-source project, under the Apache license – giving free access to employers, higher ed institutions, and others to develop and collaborate on skills libraries. Through a career spanning over twenty years, David has extensive experience as a software engineer and technology leader.

Selected media appearances and articles



Q&A: Western Governors University Provides a Model for Online Student Support

EdTech Focus on Higher Education, May 5, 2022

At a time when college enrollment is declining, one college is seeing an uptick in enrollment. Western Governors University, a nonprofit, private and completely online university based in Utah, reported enrollment growth, higher retention rates and record-setting monthly graduations during the pandemic.

Disruptive Innovation Helps Universities Overcome Financial Obstacles

EdTech Focus on Higher Education, Feb. 22, 2022

“True digital transformation is placing our students first,” says David Morales, CIO and senior vice president of technology at Western Governors University. “We need to make sure our students are achieving their objectives with the least resistance possible, and that technology is making their lives better and enabling them to achieve their goals.”