A Degree-Granting University in Missouri
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.
WGU Missouri Governance
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.
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.
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 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