WGU North Carolina Mission

The mission of WGU North Carolina is to expand access to affordable higher education for North Carolina residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.

WGU's Core Themes

WGU North Carolina Governance

WGU North Carolina is a private, non-profit institution that was established by the state of North Carolina in partnership with Western Governors University. WGU North Carolina is led by a Chancellor and an Advisory Board who reside in North Carolina and provide guidance on the most effective ways the university can meet the need of North Carolinians.

About Catherine Truitt, WGU North Carolina's Chancellor

WGU North Carolina Advisory Board

Rick Brajer, Senior Vice President of Business Strategies, Novant, Winston-Salem
Lew Ebert, President and CEO, NC Chamber, Raleigh
Walter E. Gaskin, Lieutenant General, USMC (Retired), CEO, LaPorte Defense Technologies Corp. (LAPORTECH)
Jim Gibson, Executive Vice President and COO, RTI International, Durham
Gov. Beverly Perdue, Managing Director/Founder and Board Chair, Perdue Strategy Group / DigiLEARN Learning Institute, Chapel Hill
Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Deputy State Superintendent, NC Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh
Jose Rodriguez, Partner in Charge and Executive Director; Audit Committee Institute, KPMG, Greensboro
Gregg Sinders, NC State Director, TeamCFA, Charlotte
Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent, Bladen County Schools, Elizabethtown

WGU North Carolina 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

WGU's 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.

National Advisory Board Members

Academic Program Governance

In partnership with the state of North Carolina, Western Governors University provides curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services to WGU North Carolina. The academic programs are developed and guided by WGU administrators within several councils of scholars and industry experts.

Academic Leadership
Assessment Council
Health Professions Program Council
Nursing Advisory Council
General Education Council
Business Program Council
Information Technology Program Council
Education Program Council

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Questions and Answers

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Is WGU a nonprofit or for-profit university?

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.

What is the role of a Program Council?

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, click here. Or speak to an Enrollment Counselor.

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