Chancellor named for new online Missouri university

Friday, June 21, 2013 | 8:58 a.m. CDT; updated 9:42 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 21, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's new online university has its first chancellor.

Western Governors University of Missouri has selected Allen Goben to serve as its leader.

Goben comes from to the school after serving as president of Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill. He also previously was president of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

Western Governors University, known as WGU, is an online-only school that also is available in other states. Missouri's subsidiary was announced earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The nonprofit university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in fields such as business, education, health professions and information technology.


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Ellis Smith June 21, 2013 | 10:34 a.m.

Missouri REALLY needs yet another university, campus or no campus. Nothing like making a ridiculous situation worse. No planning and/or coordination* - either historically or currently!

Will this facility provide students with assistance in furthering their education that UM System, Missouri State University, Truman State University, etc. individually or collectively can't or couldn't provide? OR that private institutions such as Columbia College and Park University - both "pioneers" in this particular area and with solid reputations - couldn't easily handle? That's their metier, so to speak.

*- To witness lack of historic and current comprehensive planning one need only visit UM System.

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