Improving Lives in the West

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional interstate compact and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Boulder, Colorado. It is one of four regional interstate higher education compacts in the United States. WICHE (pronounced “wit-chee”) was established in 1953 in the wake of the ratification by U.S. Congress of the Western Regional Education Compact. Its charge is to help the residents of the West address higher education and workforce issues distinct to the region.

WICHE’s 48 commissioners are appointed by the governors of the 15 Western states and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States. The WICHE region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Commission activities are funded in part through annual dues paid by region members and in part through grants and sponsorships.



WICHE’s Senior Leadership Team

Patrick Lane

Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research



Dennis Mohatt

Vice President, Behavioral Health Program and Co-director, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center



Russ Poulin

Executive Director, WCET and Vice President for Technology-Enhanced Education