WGU adds AJ Jackson as strategic partnerships manager

July 10, 2024

Education leader to help build partnerships and grow enrollment

Online nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) has announced that Anthony “AJ” Jackson has been named as a strategic partnerships manager. In this role, Jackson will help develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with employers and related organizations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

A resident of Charlotte, Jackson has extensive experience in business, recruitment and workforce development. His work history includes serving as a university development counselor with Grand Canyon University and territory director, workforce solutions for the University of Phoenix. He was also a licensed real estate broker in the Carolinas and vice president and account executive for MTV Networks in New York City.

Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is happily married, a father of three boys, owner of a three-year-old rottweiler, and a big fan of New York’s pro teams, including the Knicks, Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Liberty. Jackson is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

“AJ is a dynamic addition to our strategic partnerships team and has already hit the ground running,” said Ben Coulter, Ed.D., regional director for WGU’s Southeast Region. “As WGU enhances its post-secondary offerings, including new certificates and degree programs, AJ will help us form partnerships with employers that will address workforce needs today and into the future.”

Established in 1997, WGU is an accredited school offering more than 80 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health professions, information technology and K-12 education. As part of its online competency-based model of education, WGU offers working adults and others the opportunity to log in when appropriate for them and accelerate through coursework with the consent of their program mentor when they demonstrate mastery of the course materials. The university currently has 2,783 students and 7,165 graduates across South Carolina.

For more information about WGU, visit www.wgu.edu.


About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online nonprofit WGU now serves more than 175,000 students nationwide and has more than 332,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 27 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN and The New York Times. Learn more at wgu.edu and wgu.edu/impact.