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WGU Indiana Mission

The mission of WGU Indiana is to expand access to affordable higher education for Indiana residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.

WGU Indiana Governance

WGU Indiana is a private, non-profit institution that was established by the state of Indiana in partnership with Western Governors University.

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

About Allison Barber, WGU Indiana's Chancellor

WGU Indiana Advisory Board
David A. Bathe, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette
Vincent Bertram, CEO, Project Lead The Way (PTLW)
Linda Buskirk, President and Owner, Accountable Solutions, Inc.
Kathy Davis, Owner, Davis Design Group
Gerry Dick, President, Grow Indiana Media Ventures LLC
Nancy Huber, President, Fifth Third Bank
Carolyn Konfirst, Patient Safety & Quality Advisor, Indiana Hospital Association
Michael Langellier, CEO, Techpoint
Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation
Earline Rogers, State Senator, District 3
Ron Stiver, Sr. Vice President, Engagement & External Affairs, IU Health

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

Board of Trustees

WGU's National Advisory Board

WGU Indiana receives support from our parent institution’s National Advisory Board (NAB). The NAB is composed of representatives from prominent corporations and foundations that provide ongoing input and support. Current members include:

  • AT&T
  • CenturyLink
  • Dell Computer
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Google
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Lumina Foundation
  • J. Willard and Alice S.
    Marriott Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Simmons Media Group
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • Wasatch Property Management
  • Zions Bank

Academic Program Governance

In partnership with the state of Indiana, Western Governors University provides curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services to WGU Indiana. The academic programs are developed and guided by WGU administrators within several councils of scholars and industry experts.

Academic Leadership
Assessment Council
Health Professions Program 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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