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William Woods University announces new Board of Trustees members

Ann Judge, Brad Gibbs appointments are effectively immediately  

Fulton, MO – William Woods University (WWU) today announced the appointment of Ann Judge and Brad Gibbs to the William Woods Board of Trustees. The appointments of Judge and Gibbs were voted on unanimously by the university’s current governing board during its fall meeting last week on the WWU campus in Fulton and are effective immediately. 

Ann Judge and Thunder at the US Nationals

Judge, of Denver, Colorado, is a nationally-known horse trainer and hall of fame judge who has operated a show horse training facility since 1985. She trains Arabian and Half-Arabian horses that have won national awards in several divisions, while also serving as a judge for several National and World shows on numerous occasions, in Canada, Australia, and South Africa in addition to the United States. When not showing or judging horses, Judge serves as the rider of “Thunder,” official mascot of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, which she has been doing for 22 seasons including two Super Bowl appearances.

Ann Judge at the 2016 Horseman Awards

She is a member of the Pinto Judges Hall of Fame, and has also won the Arabian Professional Amateur Horseman’s Association (APAHA) Horsewoman of the Year in 2016 and 2018 and the Pinto Hall of Fame Horsewoman of the Year in 2018. She is a graduate of Purdue University.

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Gibbs, of Overland Park, Kansas, brings to the board more than 20 years experience in higher education enrollment marketing leadership. He currently serves as the Executive Vice-President of Archer Education, a higher education enrollment marketing, recruitment and retention services firm that provides services to more than 200 colleges and universities. Previously, Gibbs served as Chief Development Officer for Grantham University (Lenexa, KS), where he oversaw enrollment marketing and communications and university outreach, leading a team of 400 employees; and President of Higher Education, Chief Growth Officer and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Plattform, another enrollment marketing firm, with offices in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. 

Gibbs has served as a operations board member for Plattform, board member for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) political action committee, and was named to the 2014 40-Under-40 list in Kansas City by Ingram’s magazine. He is a graduate of Fort Hays (KS) State University.