Dr. Elke M. Leeds

Dr. Elke Leeds is the Academic Vice President of the College of Information Technology at Western Governors University (WGU). She joined WGU in May of 2018, after a 20+ year career in higher education at one of Georgia’s largest public universities. Dr. Leeds holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems. She provides leadership, direction, and focus to inspire innovative programs that achieve student outcomes and meet workforce needs. Her accomplished career includes leading a cybersecurity workforce development team, launching over 70 online degree programs, and improving academic outcomes through the design and implementation of a student focused educational system.

At Western Governors University, Dr. Leeds sets the strategic vision for 10 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, that currently enroll 17,000 students. She coordinates academic and industry partnerships, ensures program quality and relevancy, and expands student professional opportunities. WGU’s offers both graduate and undergraduate cybersecurity degrees which are designed with input from cybersecurity experts and leading IT employers to closely aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Security Agency (NSA) guidelines. These online cybersecurity degree programs include multiple industry-recognized certifications including ones from CompTIA, CIW, EC-Council, and ISC²