Nicholasville resident named dean at Western Governors University

Published 1:30 pm Monday, November 6, 2023

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Nicholasville resident Dr. Verna J. Lowe has been named the national director and dean of the Teacher’s College at Western Governors University (WGU). 

WGU was founded by 19 U.S. governors. It is a fully online university serving almost 140,000 students based in Millcreek, Utah with large headquarter offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin, Texas. It is a private, non-profit university serving over 35,000 education majors. 

Before becoming director and dean at the Teacher’s College at WGU, Dr. Lowe had served in numerous other roles in the education sector.

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She taught and was dean of the college of education at Asbury University, served as dean of the college of education at Eastern Kentucky University and was vice president for compliance at the University of the Cumberlands. 

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lowe was a special education teacher and worked as a school psychologist for Jessamine County Schools.