President (interim) and Chief Executive Officer, American Public Education, Inc., Member, Board of Trustees, Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led the parent company of APUS, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS has grown to 75,000 alumni worldwide and 200 degree and certificate programs. In July 2016, he was succeeded as APUS president by former Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Karan Powell, while continuing his leadership role as CEO of APEI to provide strategic and leadership support to APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and other APEI ventures. Upon announcement of Dr. Powell’s retirement in October 2017, Dr. Boston has resumed the role of President during a nationwide search for her successor.
In addition to his service to the APUS, Dr. Boston serves as a board member of the Maryland Association of CPA’s, a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a board member of the Presidents’ Forum of Excelsior College, a member of the Arizona State University Education Innovation Advisory Board, and Fidelis, Inc. He is a past treasurer of the Board of Trustees of McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group.
Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa. In April 2017, the Board of Trustees of APUS bestowed Dr. Boston with the title President Emeritus.