RALEIGH, N.C., March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt recently announced that nine prominent leaders in business, education, healthcare and other key growth areas for North Carolina have joined the nonprofit university’s Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board will provide counsel to the chancellor and address specific needs and trends to help shape the direction of the university in the state. Board members are invited to serve for three-year terms, bringing expertise that is important to North Carolina’s economy and aligns with the university’s four colleges and more than 60 industry-relevant, accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, including nursing.

"According to the World Economic Forum, we are in a world where 65 percent of today’s students will work in jobs that don’t exist today," said former NC Gov. Bev Perdue. "WGU North Carolina is a competency-based, online model of learning that pushes the boundaries of traditional post-secondary education giving options to preparing and retooling the future workforce."

The newly appointed WGU North Carolina Advisory Board members are:

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 officially launched in October 2017 through a partnership between the state and nationally recognized Western Governors University. Currently, there are more than 1,600 students in the state, and nearly 2,200 North Carolinians have already graduated from WGU.

"WGU North Carolina is perfect for someone who wants to return to college but must continue working," said Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent of Bladen County Schools. "WGU’s online platform and affordable tuition cater to non-traditional students."

About WGU North Carolina
WGU North Carolina is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for North Carolina residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is 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*).

More information is available at nc.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.

*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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