About the College of Professional Studies

At the GW College of Professional Studies (CPS), we believe that empowering working professionals is an important driver for prosperity in the global economy. We offer diverse academic programs in a flexible, innovative learning environment that takes full advantage of the university’s deep relationships in the Washington, D.C. area. We arm our graduates with a professional agility that is critical to success and leadership in today’s career landscape and crucial for making a difference in the world.


New GW President Thomas LeBlanc speaks to faculty and staff at the Proud to be GW Festival at VSTC (William Atkins)

GW Community Meets President Thomas LeBlanc at Proud to be GW Festival

This year's Proud to Be GW Festival had a special twist as it was the first opportunity for most staff and faculty to meet GW's new president Thomas LeBlanc, who began his service to the University on August 1, 2017. The Festival, held annually at the Foggy Bottom Campus and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, celebrates the contributions employees make as being part of the GW family.

Wendy Helgemo, Director CIPP

Wendy Helgemo to Lead Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

Wendy Helgemo has joined GW as the inaugural director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP), a GW-based research and advocacy center that provides support to tribal leaders and promotes public awareness on issues of national significance to indigenous communities.

Whitaker and Eskandarian

Key Leader in CPS History Retires---Au Revoir to Roger Whitaker

Dr. Roger Whitaker retired this summer, after a distinguished 40-year career. His contributions to higher education include serving as a professor, a Peace Corps Volunteer, and many years in senior administrative positions at Boston University and GW. At CPS, he will be remembered first and foremost for his role founding the college in 2001.

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