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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Health Professions Program Council
Nursing Advisory Council
General Education Council
Business Program Council
Information Technology Program Council
Education Program Council