Allison Barber

Higher Ed

  • Online learning

Allison Barber is the chancellor of WGU Indiana, the state’s online, competency-based university. She champions college attainment for working Hoosiers who have some college but have not yet earned a degree. WGU Indiana also offers advanced degrees in business, education, health profession and technology. Previously, Barber was president of her own firm in the Washington, D.C. area. She was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the master’s program for public relations and corporate communications. Barber spent more than seven years at the Department of Defense serving as a deputy assistant secretary of defense.  She also worked at the White House during the early stages of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was president of PlowShare’s D.C. office, public relations director for the American Red Cross and a grade school teacher in Indiana. She is on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, TechPoint and the Elizabeth Dole Military Caregivers Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Tennessee Temple University, a master’s in elementary education from Indiana University, and a doctorate in leadership from Tennessee Temple University.