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Mark Milliron named chancellor of Western Governors University

Western Governors University
November 10, 2011
WGU Texas, texas.wgu.edu, the nonprofit, online university established by the state of Texas, has appointed Dr. Mark Milliron as its first Chancellor. An award-winning leader, author, and speaker recognized for his commitment to college completion and student success, Milliron will lead the growth and development of the state’s newest university from its headquarters in Austin.

Dr. Milliron joins WGU Texas after serving as Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before his work at the Gates Foundation, he founded and served as CEO of Catalyze Learning International and was an Endowed Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Dr. Milliron was Vice President for Education and Medical Practice at SAS, the world’s largest private software company, and for five years served as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Western Governors University Board of Trustees.

Much of Dr. Milliron’s career has been dedicated to increasing access to and success in higher education, with a special focus on the strategic use of technology in teaching and learning. Dr. Milliron earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, which recognized him with its Distinguished Graduate Award in 1999. More recently, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) presented Dr. Milliron with its 2011 Distinguished Service Award.

WGU Texas was created August 3 by Governor Rick Perry with the bi-partisan support of Texas Higher Education Chairs Senator Judith Zaffirini and Representative Dan Branch. The state’s only fully online, competency-based university, WGU Texas offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing. A state-based subsidiary of nationally recognized, nonprofit Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas residents.

WGU Texas’ academic model is unique—rather than earning degrees based on credit hours or time spent in class, students are required to demonstrate competency in degree subject matter. They advance by writing papers, completing assignments, working on projects, and passing exams that demonstrate their knowledge of required subject matter. This allows students to move quickly through areas where they have prior work or academic experience and focus on the areas they still need to learn. Learning is individualized and guided by the one-on-one support of a faculty mentor. Degree programs are rigorous and challenging, but designed to allow students to schedule their studies to accommodate work and family obligations. Tuition is affordable, approximately $6,000 per year for most degree programs, and federal financial aid is available. For more information, visit the WGU Texas website, http://texas.wgu.edu/.
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