Salt Lake City & Washington, DC (January 11, 2021) — Western Governors University (WGU) announced the appointment of Marqus Hutchinson to the WGU Northeast Alumni Advisory Council. As a nonprofit, accredited online, competency-based university, WGU established the Council to grow and strengthen its connections with critical stakeholders in the region. Comprised of leaders and influencers from a variety of sectors in the northeast, they also will provide counsel on the most effective ways WGU can meet its core mission to expand access to career-relevant post-secondary educational opportunities that are respected by employers, by other academic institutions, and by policymakers from Maine to Virginia.

Marqus Hutchinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology and network management and an MBA in information technology management, both from Western Governors University. He is Chief Technology Officer at Intelligent Waves LLC, a defense and national security IT consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. metro area. A proactive thought leader and technology innovator in the federal government sector, Hutchinson responds to the nation’s complex security needs as a consultant for the Department of Defense and Department of Justice. He has more than twenty years of experience in IT infrastructure, including network architecture, data center design, and telecommunications operations.

“We are thrilled to have Marqus join our Advisory Council as we work to expand access to those who can benefit from our programs and our mission,” said WGU Regional Vice President Rebecca L. Watts, Ph.D. “Marqus’ leadership in the information technology sector, and his knowledge of how WGU can help advance and train the IT workforce in his area, will be an immense asset.

“We know he will provide great insight as we work to advance our mission of providing higher education access to historically-underserved communities, like working adults.”

Hutchinson said, “I am honored to join the WGU Northeast Alumni Advisory Council, to help WGU students better themselves. WGU played an important role in my career path and, for me, it’s all about giving back to the community and showing the value of a great education and mentorship.”

WGU Northeast Alumni Advisory Council was established in 2020 to provide counsel to Regional Vice President Rebecca Watts on geo-specific needs and trends and to help shape the direction and continued success of the university. With impressive, diverse backgrounds, each Advisory Council member brings experience and expertise that will bolster the university’s ability to serve students and ensure WGU succeeds in its principal mission: Expand access to affordable higher education through online, competency-based degree programs that address essential workforce needs.

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