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July 31, 2023

WGU Tennessee Adds Kyle Barron to Advisory Board

Higher-education and community leader from Jackson joins Board

Headshot of Kyle Barron New WGU Tennessee Advisory Board Member Kyle Barron

JACKSON, Tenn. (July 31, 2013) WGU Tennessee, the accredited, nonprofit, online university celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recently announced the addition of higher-education and community leader Kyle Barron to its WGU Tennessee Advisory Board. Barron is the Chief Community Development Officer at the Greater Jackson Chamber, where he oversees public affairs, community development, and small businesses.

“We’re elated at the opportunity to work with Kyle, a truly dynamic and visionary leader in the Jackson area,” said Kimberly K. Estep, Southeast Regional Vice President at Western Governors University. “Having a higher-education expert of Kyle’s caliber on our Advisory Board is an enormous asset as WGU continues to grow and improve the lives of Tennesseans across the state wanting to pursue higher education.”

Barron, who was the first in his family to graduate from college and is also a community college graduate, has a firsthand understanding of the challenges many WGU students face when pursuing a degree. Before joining the Greater Jackson Chamber, he served as Vice President of Student Services at Jackson State Community College. In this role, Barron oversaw the overall student experience, including academic advising, student life, and student support services.

“I am passionate about helping students succeed and committed to providing them with the resources and support needed to achieve their goals,” Barron said. “Joining WGU Tennessee’s Advisory Board to expand access to higher education across the state of Tennessee is a natural extension of that passion. Our joint efforts in furthering higher education and establishing career opportunities and growth development will empower Tennesseans in the Jackson area and across the state to reach their full academic potential.”

Barron holds a Doctor of Education degree in educational policy, assessment, and evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He is also a graduate of The University of North Texas and Richland Community College. Additionally, he is a graduate of the WestStar leadership program from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

WGU offers more than 80 online undergraduate and graduate programs in business, K–12 education, health, and information technology. To learn more about WGU Tennessee, please visit

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