Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Western Governors University
As Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Western Governors University, Dr. Marni Baker Stein leads academic programs and drives the University-wide focus on student success. Under her guidance, WGU develops, implements, and scales programs that improve access and affordability for students without compromising academic quality. Baker Stein has over 25 years of experience designing and scaling programs to improve access, affordability, and student success. Prior to joining WGU, she worked for educational institutions in the US and abroad, developing and administering pioneering high school, undergraduate, graduate, continuing, and professional programming models delivered through competency-based, online, and hybrid formats. These institutions include The University of Texas System, Columbia University in the City of New York, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of California Santa Barbara, Pennsylvania State University, SUNY Buffalo (Latvia), and the United States Information Agency (Turkey, Japan). In 2016, Marni was selected by the Department of Education to serve as a member of the National Technical Working Group charged with transforming higher education through technology and expanding the National Educational Technology Plan. Marni holds a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.