Nationally Recognized. Proven Education. An Tennessee Institution.
WGU Tennessee Mission
The mission of WGU Tennessee is to expand access to affordable higher education for Tennessee residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.
WGU Tennessee Governance
WGU Tennessee is the only state-endorsed university in Tennessee that operates entirely online. As a private, nonprofit institution established by the state of Tennessee, WGU Tennessee works in partnership with our parent institution, Western Governors University.
WGU Tennessee is led by Chancellor Kimberly Estep and an Advisory Board who reside in Tennessee and provide guidance on the most effective ways the university can meet the needs of Tennessee residents.
The WGU Tennessee Advisory Board includes:
John Ingram (Chair), Chairman, Ingram Industries, Nashville
Jerry Askew, CEO, Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN), Knoxville
Tim Attebery, President, Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport
Shannon Brown, Senior VP/Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, FedEx Express, Memphis
David A. Golden, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Eastman, Kingsport
Carol Ross-Spang, Senior VP, Human Resources, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis
Ralph Schulz, President & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville
John Steele, Senior VP, Human Resources, HCA, Nashville
Karen Ward, Senior VP/Chief Human Resources Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Chattanooga
WGU Tennessee operates under the same governance as that of its parent institution, WGU: a Board of Trustees consisting of educators, industry leaders, and state governors.
WGU's 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 Tennessee’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 Program Council
General Education Council
Business Program Council
Information Technology Program Council
Education Program Council
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