INDIANAPOLIS. – WGU Indiana today announces the promotions of Kyle Utter and Kelsey Donnelly to Senior Regional Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager, respectively. With emphasis on curating an impactful roster of strategic partners, Utter and Donnelly support the education and workforce development of thousands of students at the online university.
From 2020 to 2021, the number of students enrolled exclusively in online programs increased from 3.5 million to 5.8 million. With the accelerated growth in online or hybrid learning models, WGU’s fully-online, competency-based approach is in high demand. The increase in need for effective online learning platforms prompted additional growth for the nonprofit university’s team members who support strategic partnerships on behalf of the organization.
“Our team is honored to have talented professionals like Kyle and Kelsey contributing to a breadth of strong partnerships supporting our students year over year,” said Alison Bell, WGU Indiana Chancellor and Regional Vice President at WGU. “Both are well-deserving of these promotions, and they signal the exponential growth in commitment to providing more accessible, affordable and flexible higher education to students in all categories.”
Utter has been with WGU Indiana since 2013, serving a variety of roles, but spending most of his time supporting strategic relations and partnerships. His promotion to Senior Regional Manager of Strategic Partnerships expands his territory from WGU Indiana to Western Governors University’s central region, which includes six states (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania). In this new role, Utter will manage a team of strategic partnership managers and lead educational partnerships and create career pathways for current and prospective students.
“I’m eager to continue to grow in my role supporting WGU Indiana and now the central region for the university,” said Utter. “Every day, I’m able to impact the quality of life of thousands of students by enhancing their education experiences and preparing them for the new career opportunities that follow.”
Donnelly has more than a decade of experience in higher education, including stints at Ball State and IUPUI. As a Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager for WGU Indiana, she will be responsible for research, development and expansion of community college and K-12 school district partnerships and the management of healthcare network and facility partnerships throughout the Hoosier state.
“My passion for higher education is continually fueled through my work at WGU Indiana,” said Donnelly. “These partnerships drive so much opportunity for our students and set them up for success in and out of the virtual classroom. With shortages and strains on both education and healthcare fields, these partnerships strive to fill workforce gaps with new talent and offer professional development for tenured professionals in the industry.”