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Debbie Fowler

Debbie Fowler

Senior Vice President of Student Success | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Areas of Expertise: 

Student Lifecycle and Curriculum, Leadership and Team Building, Research and Data-Analysis, Course Evaluation and Operations, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL),  Admissions Standards


B.A. Mathematical Science and Economics, Rice University
Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of San Diego

Social:  LinkedIn


As Senior Vice President of Student Success, Debbie Fowler leads close to 2,500 employees to support students and colleagues with an array of services that drive student success across the student lifecycle.  The Student Success department includes five service lines:  Enrollment & Lifecycle Operations (led by Daren Upham), Evaluation Operations (led by Maureen O’Brien), Student Success Administration (led by Adam Cota), Office of the Registrar (led by Darin Hobbs) and Student Experience (led by Natalie Murray).  In addition to academic operations, Debbie and her team are accountable for cross-functional efforts like learner-centered faculty, admissions standards, student readiness and learner profiles, environmental barriers and social & emotional learning (SEL).  

Prior to joining WGU, Debbie worked in tax and labor law, specializing in employee benefits.  Her association with WGU began in 2005 when her sister (a mentor at that time) shared the opportunity to evaluate performance assessments in her spare time.  Attracted to WGU’s mission and community, Debbie joined WGU full-time in 2008 and has served many years building WGU’s unparalleled practice in competency assessment at scale.

Debbie holds a JD from the University of San Diego and bachelor's degree in Mathematical Science and Economics from Rice University.

Selected articles.

The Technology-Driven College Degree of The Future

GritDaily, 2020-05-19

Now, as many high schoolers face an uncertain future, one university is an example for how the past can move forward through an uncertain future with a little help from technology. 

5 ways to focus on student success in a pandemic

eCampus News, 2020-04-01

Whether instruction is online or in person, the goal is to help increase student success.


A Lockdown Abroad Disrupts Testing at Home

EdSurge, 2020-03-23

Among the many disruptions to educational services caused by the novel coronavirus is one that may be in demand now more than ever: remote proctoring.