A Degree-Granting University in Washington

WGU Washington’s principal mission is to expand access to affordable higher education for Washington residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.

WGU's Core Themes

WGU Washington Governance

WGU Washington is the only state-endorsed university that operates entirely online. As a private, nonprofit institution established by the state of Washington, WGU Washington works in partnership with our parent institution, Western Governors University.

WGU Washington is led by a Chancellor and an Advisory Board who reside in Washington and provide guidance on the most effective ways the university can meet the needs of Washington residents.

About Tonya Drake, WGU Washington Chancellor

WGU Washington Advisory Board
Marty Brown, Retired Executive Director, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)
Don Brunell, Partner, Brunell Creative; Former President, Association of Washington Business
Al Davis, Principal, Revitalization Partners
Michael Dunn, Superintendent of NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101
Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney, Former State Representative, VP of Leadership and Economic Development, Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Jean Hernandez, President Emeritus, Edmonds Community College
Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
Bill Poppy, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Dr. Kathleen Ross, President Emeritus, Heritage University
Mike Schindler, CEO Operation Military Family Cares and Co-Founder at Integrated Telehealth Solutions WA
Dr. Samuel H. Smith, President Emeritus, Washington State University

WGU Board of Trustees
WGU Washington operates under the same governance as that of its parent institution, WGU: a Board of Trustees consisting of educators, industry leaders, and state governors.

More about the Board of Trustees

National Advisory Board

Another crucial source of support is our National Advisory Board, made up of representatives from prestigious corporations and foundations. Members provide ongoing support and advice to the university.

National Advisory Board Members

Academic Program Governance

WGU Washington’s curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services are provided by our parent institution, Western Governors University. WGU’s skilled administration and faculty work with industry councils consisting of academic and industry experts to produce comprehensive and superior degree programs.

Academic Leadership
Assessment Council
Health Professions Program Council
Nursing Advisory Council
General Education Council
Business Program Council
Information Technology Program Council
Education Program Council

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Questions and Answers

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Is WGU a nonprofit or for-profit university?

WGU is a nonprofit online university that was founded by 19 U.S. governors. However, it is a private university, not a state university. WGU developed out of a vision for the future of higher education that emerged among the governors of the Western Governors Association (hence our name), but WGU operates independently with its own governance structure.

What is the role of a Program Council?

Each Program Council at WGU is composed of WGU faculty and outside experts in the field of study. The council is responsible for guiding the development of degree programs. The council will help define the skills and knowledge that a competent graduate should possess, determine the best ways to assess the competence, as well as monitor and review the relevance of each program over time.

WGU mentors serve as advisors to students. To learn more about the mentor’s role, click here. Or speak to an Enrollment Counselor.

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