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Founded by governors. Supported by business leaders.
WGU Missouri’s principal mission is to expand access to affordable higher education for Missouri residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.
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WGU Missouri is the only state-endorsed university that operates entirely online. As a private, nonprofit institution established by the state of Missouri, WGU Missouri works in partnership with our parent institution, Western Governors University. WGU Missouri is led by Chancellor Angie Besendorfer and an Advisory Board who reside in Missouri and provide guidance on the most effective ways the university can meet the needs of Missouri residents.
About Angie Besendorfer, WGU Missouri's Chancellor
WGU Missouri Advisory Board
Jim Buford, Retired President, Urban League
CJ Huff, President, CJ Huff Group, LLC
Anne Klein, Vice President for Education Strategies, St. Louis Regional Chamber
Brent McCoy, Vice President, Business Development & Commercial Lending, Oakstar Bank
Cynthia Mercer, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mercy
Tony Myers, Vice President, Organizational Development and Training, Centene
Mike Nietzel, Special Advisor to Governor Jay Nixon
Ruth Pullins, Chief Human Resources Officer, Truman Medical Centers
Liz Thiel, Senior Director, Associate and Leadership Development, Cerner Corporation
WGU Missouri 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
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
WGU Missouri’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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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.
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,
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