Video from the Thursday, July 13, 2017 All-Staff meeting celebrating the 20th Anniversary of WGU. This video features an overview of WGU's history as well as excerpts from interviews with (in order of appearance) the Honorable Michael O. Leavitt, Dr. Douglas "Chip" Johnstone, Pat Partridge, Bill Simmons, the Honorable Jim Geringer, Dell Loy Hansen, he Honorable Roy Romer, Dr. Janet Schnitz, Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall, David Simmons, Heather Saulnier, David Grow, and Scott Pulsipher.
Video from the July 14, 2017 WGU 20th Anniversary event. This video features the Honorable Mike Leavitt, Dr. Chip Johnstone, Scott Pulsipher, Dell Loy Hansen, Dr. Janet Schnitz, Pat Partridge, David Simmons, David Grow, and Bill Simmons.
On July 14, 2017, WGU held a 20th Anniversary Celebration Event. Scott Pulsipher, WGU President, opened the event. Dr. Robert Mendenhall, WGU President Emeritus, presided over the event. Other speakers included (in order of appearance): the Honorable Jim Geringer, the Honorable Roy Romer, Dr. Sam Smith, Mike Goldstein, Dr. Clara M. Lovett, Dr. Peter Ewell, Dr. Douglas "Chip" Johnstone, Dr. Terry Crane, Bess Stephens, and the Honorable Michael Leavitt. WGU President Emeritus Robert Mendenhall's official portrait was unveiled at this event.
Order of Events: Processional; National Anthem delivered by Shandra Hansen; Welcome and Opening Remarks by Scott D. Pulsipher, President WGU; Honorary Doctorate Degree Presentation to Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall, President Emeritus, WGU by Scott Pulsipher; Remarks by Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall; Commencement Address by Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and Founder of the Christensen Institute; Graduate Speakers, Kristen Gibson, and Erin Bishop; Closing by Scott Pulsipher; Recessional; Graduate Convocation was in Hall E; Undergraduate Convocation was in the Grand Ballroom. Commencement was held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Press release announcing the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranking WGU one of seven schools to earn the highest overall quality score for its undergraduate secondary teacher prep programs.
At the North Carolina State Capitol on Thursday, October 5, 2017, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest announced a partnership between nationally recognized, non-profit Western Governors University (WGU) and the state of North Carolina to establish WGU North Carolina. This is a recording of the launch event.