WGU Washington Announces Advisory Board

Oct 26, 2011, 17:16 ET from WGU Washington

Only Nonprofit Online Washington University Taps 12 State Leaders

SEATTLE, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State-endorsed online university WGU Washington, has selected 12 leaders in business, healthcare, education, and philanthropy to serve on its Advisory Board. The Board will provide counsel to WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten on Washington state-specific needs and trends to help shape the direction and continued success of the university and its four colleges; Business, Information Technology, Education, and Health Professions (including Nursing).  WGU Washington offers more than 50 accredited bachelor's and master's degrees, many with industry-specific certifications.

The newly appointed WGU Washington Advisory Board members include:

Don Brunell, President, Association of Washington Business
Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Al Davis, Principal, Revitalization Partners
Dr. Carver Clark Gayton, Consultant in education and workforce development
Dr. Rich Cummins, President and CEO, Columbia Basin College
Dr. Gary Livingston, Former Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane
Steve Mullen, President, Washington Roundtable
Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rogelio Riojas, CEO, Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Dr. Kathleen Ross, President Emeritus, Heritage University
Dr. Samuel H. Smith, President Emeritus, Washington State University
John D. White, Vice President, BergerABAM

"I'm thrilled to have the support and backing of this impressive group of leaders," said Jean Floten, Chancellor of WGU Washington. "Their varied backgrounds and experiences, coupled with their dedication to enriching education here in Washington, meld ideally with WGU Washington's mission to provide affordable and accessible higher education to students who will benefit, especially working adults."

About WGU Washington
WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents. The nonprofit university, which receives no funds from the state, offers 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing. The university's online, competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education and Training Commission (DETC). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AT&T, Dell, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, the Lilly Endowment, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. For more information, visit the WGU Washington website, http://washington.wgu.edu/.

For more information, visit the WGU Washington website at washington.wgu.edu or call 1-877-214-7004.

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