Patrick Partridge is Chief Marketing Officer at Western Governors University, where he’s responsible for the university’s marketing, public relations, enrollment, scholarships, alumni, and admissions departments. Partridge received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, obtaining 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, and president of a small wireless company. Prior to joining WGU, Partridge was VP of marketing for another distance-learning university. Beginning at WGU in 2002, when the university had about 400 students, he has directed marketing and enrollment programs at WGU, which now has an online student body of over 80,000 students and over 78,000 graduates throughout all 50 states. Pat gets a kick out of photography, having picked up a few ribbons, is working (slowly) on his second novel, and has authored an irreverent book of political humor now in its third edition. For kicks (and a little self-torture) he created an instant-message phone app.