WGU Nevada Mission

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

WGU's Core Themes

WGU Nevada Governance

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

About Spencer Stewart, WGU Nevada's Chancellor

WGU Nevada Advisory Board
Dana Bennett, President, Nevada Mining Association
Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Co-Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Nevada Legislature
Denice Miller, Senior VP of Government Affairs, MGM Resorts International
Sandy Colón Peltyn, Principal of Marketing and Community Relations, DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Walt Rulffes, Former Superintendent, Clark County School District
Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, VP of Human Resources, Renown Health
Todd Sklamberg, CEO, Sunrise Hospital
Judy Stokey, VP of Government and Community Relations, NV Energy

WGU Nevada 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 Nevada, Western Governors University provides curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services to WGU Nevada. 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 Program 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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