Jay Hatcher

President, New University Partnerships

Jay leads a team dedicated to collaborating with higher education institutions to develop strategic partnerships that successfully attract, retain, and graduate students in university partners鈥 high-quality, workforce-relevant programs.

Before joining, Jay was Group Vice President for Business Development and Client Management at Wiley. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Business Development & General Counsel at The Learning House. Earlier in his career, he practiced law in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jay鈥檚 legal background has helped him develop skills that are vital to the process of collaborating with and delivering successful outcomes for our university partners and their leaders. Jay finds it fulfilling to see the positive impact of higher education on students’ lives.

Jay holds a J.D. from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Classics from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Libby have two children. Outside of work, Jay enjoys all racquet sports, traveling, and spending quality time with his family.


What traits do you admire in a leader?

Empathy, collaboration, clarity, coaching, transparency, willingness to listen, total ownership.

What are your core values and principles and how have they informed your career?

My core values are transparency, honesty, and collaboration, with a focus on delivering on your commitments. I have found that if you are willing to collaborate with others, put in the work, and communicate openly you will be set up for success. The number one reason for some of the success I鈥檝e had in higher education is the trust people have in me and our teams. They know we are going to put our best foot forward and know we will communicate transparently both when things are working well and when we are facing challenges.