Patrick (Pat) Partridge is President of WGU Academy, where he’s responsible for the independent nonprofit entity’s operations and external relations. Partridge received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, earning his MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in 1982. He spent several years in general management and entrepreneurial roles in cable television, wireless and publishing – including general manager of two cable television operations, vice president of operations, and part owner of a private cable TV company.
Prior to leading WGU Academy, Partridge served as Chief Marketing Officer at Western Governors University (WGU), overseeing the university’s marketing, public relations, enrollment, scholarships, alumni, and admissions departments. Beginning at WGU in 2002, when the university had about 400 students, he directed strategic marketing and enrollment programs that helped the university grow its online student body to over 115,000 students and more than 140,000 graduates throughout all 50 states.