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Stacey Ludwig Johnson

Stacey Ludwig Johnson

Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the School of Education | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Dr. Stacey Ludwig Johnson serves as Senior Vice President of Western Governors University and Executive Dean of the School of Education.

Areas of Expertise:

Competency-Based Learning, Academic Services, Higher Education Operations, Faculty and Clinical Experience Models, Instructional Design, Staff Development, Educational Technology, Student Affairs, Admissions, Communities of Care, Student Progress and Retainment


University of Colorado – Denver, B.A., Communications & English

University of Colorado – Denver Business School, M.S., Management & Organization

University of Colorado – School of Education, Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Innovation

Social: LinkedIn


Dr. Stacey Ludwig Johnson currently serves as Senior Vice President of Western Governors University and Executive Dean of the School of Education, where she leads the academic and operational strategy for the largest nonprofit, accredited school of education in the nation. WGU’s School of Education, home to the Teachers College and the College of General Education, provides next-generation programs for educators across the K-12 and Higher Educationsectors, as well as general education pathways for students throughout WGU.

Stacey has a long history championing and supporting the work of WGU, and changing trajectories for students – with the belief that education is the key to change. As a pioneer in competency-based education, Stacey has invested more than 24 years envisioning, creating, and implementing academic services, including faculty and clinical experience models, that optimize student progress and retention, attainment, and career success. She joined WGU in 1998 as Manager of Student Services and Registrar, and later served in a variety of leadership roles at the university, including Financial Aid Administrator, Director of Academic Services, Associate Academic Vice President, and Associate Provost of Academic Services. Immediately prior to her appointment as acting SVP and Executive Dean, Stacey served as Vice President of Academic Operations for WGU’s School of Education, where she led faculty operations, field experience, and innovation for the school.

Selected media appearances and articles


Goal Cascading, April 22, 2022

Mastery-Based Learning in Higher Education Work Group Webinar, Feb. 11, 2020


14 Technology Predictions for Higher Education in 2023

Campus Technology, 1/12/23

Dr. Ludwig Johnson’s commentary on WGU’s Virtual Study Halls was included in this special report with other higher education and ed tech industry leaders, forecasting the most important trends to watch in the coming year.

Virtual Study Halls: Visualizing a New Student Support Model

edCircuit, 12/29/22

In this contributor feature, Dr. Ludwig Johnson details the three hallmarks of our Teachers College’s Virtual Study Hall that we have found vital in achieving the twin goals of offering just-in-time academic support, while also building belonging and community.

Report Highlights Failure to Solve K-12 Teacher Shortage

Washington Times, 12/14/22

Stemming from new data released by the U.S. Department of Education about K-12 schools, Dr. Ludwig Johnson shares how teaching colleges like ours help aspiring teachers with a flexible, competency-based model.

The Many Types of Education Degree: How to Pick Your Path

U.S. News & World Report, 11/16/22

Dr. Ludwig Johnson was interviewed for this article on the variety of industries where those with an education degree can flourish in their careers.

WGU Community of Care

School of Education Learning Community, 10/18/21

In this three-part series, Dr. Ludwig Johnson delves into the benefits of WGU’s Community of Care, an unparalleled model of 360-degree, wrap-around student support that ensures each student has the necessary support they need to succeed at each step of their educational journey.