Dr. Elke Leeds has joined Western Governors University, from Kennesaw State University, as Academic Vice President, College of Information Technology.
In this role, Dr. Leeds will direct program strategy and curriculum development for the College of IT. Leeds has spent the last eight years at KSU leading a cybersecurity workforce development team, teaching information systems, and improving academic outcomes through designing and implementing online courses.
Most recently, Leeds served as KSU's Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Information System. She previously served as Assistant Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning and Executive Director of Distance Learning at KSU. While in these roles, she led the university's Technology Enhanced Learning Division, which provides support to technology infrastructure, strategic initiatives, academic programs, faculty, and student services. In addition, she expanded KSU's online degree programs reach with the addition of 60 new online degree, certificate, and endorsement offerings.
"Dr. Leeds' extensive experience in technology-enhanced learning and developing courses across instructional methodologies will be a great benefit to WGU," said Sarah DeMark, WGU's Vice President of Program Development. "Her leadership will influence the College of IT's student-focused outcomes across the nation."
WGU's College of IT, which currently has more than 14,000 students enrolled in all 50 states, is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy, the National Cybersecurity Watch, and STEMconnector. WGU is a good fit for busy adults because of its competency-based approach to education, which allows students to study and learn on their schedules and advance as soon as they have mastered course materials. Students can draw on the knowledge and skills they have gained from previous experience and education, moving quickly through material they already know so that they can take the time they need to learn new material. Students have 24/7 access to their course materials, and faculty members provide one-on-one support. Terms are six months long, and students are charged a low, flat-rate tuition per term, regardless of the number of courses completed. Many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing their degrees sooner, saving both time and money.