CXS | Arvest Bank Presents: Conversations from the Top - Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri
Avest Bank Presents: Conversations From The Top moderated by Denise Kaiser
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Dr. Angie Besendorfer is the chancellor of WGU Missouri, the state’s online, competency-based university. She also currently serves as the interim Academic Vice President of the WGU Teachers College. Besendorfer champions college attainment for working adults who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree and leads the efforts to connect students and community stakeholders with WGU’s online competency-based model of higher education.
Besendorfer has spent 23 years in the field of education in Missouri, implementing innovative and technology-focused learning strategies. Before joining WGU Missouri, Besendorfer was the assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools for eight years leading advancement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and facilities. She was also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the master’s program for Educational Administration.
Among the innovations Besendorfer has championed is a focus on digital learning. She took the lead in the Joplin district’s recovery after an EF-5 tornado hit 10 schools. As the leader in designing and building cutting-edge new schools, Besendorfer guided the community to re-imagine high school education.
Besendorfer holds a bachelor’s in education from Missouri Southern State University, a M.S. in Elementary Administration from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri.
Besendorfer has been a featured presenter at the International Leaning Forward Conference, the National Institute of Medicine, and has presented widely on 21st Century Education. She is a member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and the Mercy Hospital Community Advisory Board. Besendorfer is active with the area Rotary Club, museum complex, and Chamber of Commerce. Besendorfer has also received several accolades for her work including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the Tri-State Business Journal Most Influential Woman.