Philip A. Schmidt, President
Cited as the seventh most influential Dean of Education in the United States, Dr. Schmidt led WGU and its Teachers College to the number one NCTQ ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s study of all secondary education programs in the country. Additionally, the WGU Teachers College grew to 14,000 candidates under his leadership with the largest STEM teaching programs in the United States.
The author of a number of mathematics texts, Dr. Schmidt led WGU’s successful efforts to achieve NCATE, CCNE, NCTQ, CAHIIM, and regional accreditation from the NW Commission. In addition, he led WGU through its effort to become compliant with “authorization to operate” regulations in all fifty states and four territories.
Dr. Schmidt earned a Ph. D. in mathematics and education from Syracuse University. He has had substantial experience in a variety of sponsor-funded projects in mathematics education. His administrative experience includes work as Dean of a School of Education as well as an Associate Provost and Vice President. In these positions, he was responsible for retention studies, the development of new degree programs, and technology training for prospective and in service teachers. His research background includes work with mathematically precocious children, problem solving and problem posing, collaborative pedagogies, and post-secondary developmental mathematics education.