Dr. Robert Mendenhall has more than 25 years of experience in the development, marketing, and delivery of technology-based education and has been president of Western Governors University (WGU) since 1999, the same year the university enrolled its first students. WGU (www.wgu.edu) is a nonprofit, online university offering competency-based degrees, meaning that students earn degrees by demonstrating competency — what they know and can do — rather than by accumulating a certain number of credit hours or classroom hours. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 50 most innovative companies for 2013, WGU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions (including nursing) and currently has over 50,000 students and 40,00 graduates in all 50 states.