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WGU Adds Tim Slocum to Tennessee Advisory Board

Methodist University Hospital president joins as university reaches decade in state

Oct 3, 2023

MEMPHIS, TN. (OCTOBER 3, 2023) Western Governors University, the accredited, nonprofit, online university celebrating its 10th anniversary in Tennessee this year, recently announced the addition of Tim Slocum to its WGU Tennessee Advisory Board. Slocum is the President of Methodist University Hospital, the flagship location for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

“We are very pleased to have Tim join our Advisory Board, where his firsthand insights into the challenges of the healthcare system in our state will be vital,” said Kimberly K. Estep, Southeast Regional Vice President at Western Governors University. “As a leader of one of the largest hospitals in the state, Tim brings experience, expertise and guidance that can help us continue to serve working Tennesseans who want to advance their careers and achieve their educational goals.”

Slocum joined Methodist University Hospital in 2019 as Vice President and COO and has served as President since 2021. The hospital was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s Great Hospitals in America for 2023. Before joining Methodist University Hospital, he spent 16 years with Navicent Health based in Macon, Ga. Earlier this year, he was appointed to the Council of Regents for Tennessee, the legislative body for the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the already prevalent need for compassionate nurses in our industry. Our patient-facing caretakers are a key component of operating a successful hospital,” said Slocum. “WGU Tennessee is at the forefront of bridging that gap: working to serve students and prepare them for the next step in their lives and careers. I am thrilled to serve on this Advisory Board and make a tangible difference in the lives of Tennesseans every day.”

 Slocum holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and an MBA and master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

WGU has more than 10,480 graduates in Tennessee and offers more than 80 online undergraduate and graduate programs in business, K-12 education, health, and information technology. To learn more about WGU’s work in Tennessee, please visit

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