WGU Washington Welcomes Two New Board Members

Oct 07, 2013, 12:22 ET from WGU Washington

Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg and Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney join online university's advisory board

SEATTLE, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Washington, washington.wgu.edu, is welcoming two newcomers to its advisory board this month.  Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg and former state Representative Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney will join the 10 current board members and Chancellor Jean Floten in guiding the online university in the coming year.

"We are thrilled to welcome Major General Lowenberg and Representative Gutierrez Kenney to our board," said WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten.  "The unique perspectives and experiences they each bring with them will enrich our university and allow us to continue providing the highest caliber of affordable, accessible education to adult learners in Washington state."

Before joining WGU Washington's Advisory Board, Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg served as Adjutant General of the State of Washington from 1999 to 2012.  He is the second-longest serving Adjutant General since the formation of the Washington Territorial Militia in 1855.  An alumnus of the University of Iowa, where he earned both a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree, Lowenberg is a highly decorated member of the military, having earned more than 20 medals recognizing his service. 

A long-time member of the Washington State Legislature (serving from 1997 until 2013), Representative Gutierrez Kenney is currently vice president of Leadership and Economic Development for Sea Mar Community Health Centers.  During her tenure in the Washington State Legislature, Representative Gutierrez Kenney was known for her advocacy and support of higher education and economic development.  A champion for higher education, she sponsored and supported legislation that extends opportunities to Washington residents, including the bill that created WGU Washington.

WGU Washington's Advisory Board was established in 2011 to provide counsel to Chancellor Floten on Washington state-specific needs and trends and to help shape the direction and continued success of the university.  In addition to the two new members, the board consists of:

  • Don Brunell, President, Association of Washington Business
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Dr. Rich Cummins, President and CEO, Columbia Basin College
  • Al Davis, Principal, Revitalization Partners, LLC
  • Dr. Carver Clark Gayton, Consultant in education and workforce development
  • Dr. Gary Livingston, Chancellor Emeritus, Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
  • Dr. Kathleen Ross, President Emeritus, Heritage University
  • Dr. Samuel H. Smith, President Emeritus, Washington State University
  • John D. White, Vice President, BergerABAM

If you would like more information, or would like to speak with Chancellor Floten, Major General Lowenberg, or Representative Gutierrez Kenney please contact Jake Riddell at 206-512-0025, jake.riddell@wgu.edu, or Lee Keller at 206-799-3805, lee@thekellergroup.com.

About WGU Washington

WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.

The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing. WGU Washington's 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. It is a non-profit and receives no money from the state.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 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 AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education and Zions Bank.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).

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