INDIANAPOLIS, March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Governors University (WGU) announced today that higher education veteran Alison Bell has been appointed WGU Indiana Chancellor. Bell brings more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience to the position, including four years of prior experience with WGU as general manager of WGU Indiana operations from 2010-2014. Bell succeeds Dr. Allison Barber, who served as Chancellor from the launch of WGU Indiana in 2010 until May of 2018, when she was named President of WGU Advancement.
"I'm honored and excited to return to WGU Indiana as Chancellor, to sustain and grow the University's commitment to helping Hoosiers return to college to fulfill their dream of degree completion and career advancement," said Bell. "I look forward to building on the strong foundation WGU Indiana has built over the past eight years, continuing to advance the university's mission in our state."
"Alison Bell's higher education experience, particularly her commitment and contribution to student success, aligns perfectly with WGU's mission to expand higher education access, affordability, and outcomes," said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. "We are excited to welcome her back to the WGU team."
Bell earned a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and a M.A. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. She most recently served as Director of Degree Completion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is located at 655 K St., NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
WGU Indiana has helped 7,500 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. Another 5,900 students are currently enrolled. Learn more at www.wgu.edu/indiana.