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  • Mr. John Aldrich

    Mr. John Aldrich

    Vice President, Military, Veterans, and Community College Outreach

    Mr. John Aldrich oversees all military and community college outreach activities, and is the main liaison between the university and Department of Defense agencies. His former military career with the U.S. Navy gives Mr. Aldrich first-hand knowledge of our military student needs. More

  • Dr. Dave Becher

    Dr. Dave Becher

    Vice President, Institutional Research

    Dr. Dave Becher helped create the university's Office of Institutional Research for which he is now responsible for overseeing institutional metrics, analytics, external reporting, and research. Previously, he worked in the social science research field as a research and systems analyst. More

  • Mr. Dan Benjamin

    Mr. Dan Benjamin

    Vice President, Dean, School of Science and Technology

    Mr. Dan Benjamin joined APUS with more than 15 years of experience providing information technology and management education and consulting solutions to the public and private sectors. His clients included the White House, U.S. Senate, and the Departments of Defense, Treasury, FAA, and Education. More

  • Dr. Patricia Campbell

    Dr. Patricia Campbell

    Vice President, Assistant Provost, Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation

    Dr. Patricia J. Campbell has published in numerous academic journals. Her research led her to various African countries where she studied human rights, gender, migration, and democratization. Her recent research focused on best practices in online teaching and learning. More

  • Dr. Brian Freeland

    Dr. Brian Freeland

    Vice President, Dean, School of Education, Dean, School of Health Sciences

    Dr. Brian Freeland started at APUS as a faculty member in 2006 and has steadily advanced into his current leadership roles. Dr. Freeland regularly presents at academic conferences on topics relative to sport management leadership and online education issues. More

  • Ms. Melissa Frey

    Ms. Melissa Frey

    Vice President, Controller

    Ms. Melissa Frey joined APUS in 2004 and has held a variety of key finance positions prior to becoming Controller. She assisted with the design and implementation of many university automated processes including invoicing, refunding, and general ledger and cash reconciliations. More

  • Dr. Grace Glass

    Dr. Grace Glass

    Associate Vice President, Dean, School of Arts & Humanities

    Dr. Grace Glass is responsible for ongoing management and development of the school’s liberal arts and social sciences programs. She brings 15 years of higher education experience, most recently as associate dean of general studies for Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI. More

  • Ms. Terry Grant

    Ms. Terry Grant

    Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Support

    During Ms. Terry Grant's tenure managing APUS admissions, enrollment has grown from 10,000 students to more than 97,000. Ms. Grant has 20+ years in higher education and has worked in student services, admissions, financial aid, and as adjunct faculty at public and private institutions. More

  • Mr. Mike Harbert

    Mr. Mike Harbert

    Vice President, Strategic Markets and Relationships

    Mr. Mike Harbert built the university's first military outreach team. Today he manages all partnership and outreach activities for key communities in the public sector. Mr. Harbert's leadership skills stem from his 20-year career (active and reserves) as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. More

  • Ms. Beth LaGuardia Cooper

    Ms. Beth LaGuardia Cooper

    Vice President, Marketing

    Ms. Beth LaGuardia Cooper leads branding, marketing communications, and public relations for APUS. Since 2003, she has helped to establish and grow the AMU and APU brands, based on a low-cost, innovative marketing communications program with an emphasis on brand management. More

  • Mr. Brady Locher

    Mr. Brady Locher

    Executive Director, Center for Applied Learning

    Mr. Brady Locher is leading the university’s new professional development division, created to bring custom training and education programs to our corporate partners. Prior to joining APUS, Mr. Locher built and managed the institutional practice of Calvert Education Services, LLC. More

  • Mr. Dan Lochner

    Mr. Dan Lochner

    Vice President, IT Business Planning and Project Management

    Mr. Dan Lochner joined APUS in 2006 as a senior business analyst. He advanced in the IT department taking on more responsibility as director of financial systems, AVP of financial management and HR systems, and now as VP of IT planning and project management. More

  • Mr. Jeffrey McCafferty

    Mr. Jeffrey McCafferty

    Vice President, Strategic Planning

    Jeffrey McCafferty has more than 25 years of higher education and consulting experience which enables him to work across and at all levels of the institution serving in a variety of roles. Prior to APUS, Mr. McCafferty worked for nearly a decade at American University. More

  • Ms. Michelle Newman

    Ms. Michelle Newman

    University Registrar

    Ms. Michelle Newman oversees the academic appeals, disability services, graduations, registrations, and scheduling teams at APUS. In her previous role for the university, she led the growth of the academic advising team from 12 to 80 advisors staffed to meet the needs of our adult learners. More

  • Dr. Chad Patrizi

    Dr. Chad Patrizi

    Vice President, Dean, School of Business

    Dr. Chad Patrizi joined APUS in 2001 as the chair of the business, management, and information technology department, and subsequently became the dean of the School of Business in 2009. Previously, he was with the National Academy of Public Administration. More

  • Dr. Chris Reynolds

    Dr. Chris Reynolds

    Vice President, Academic Communications & Outreach

    Dr. Chris Reynolds' career includes roles as U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, division fire chief and certified emergency manager, and educator with 33 years of higher education experience in both the traditional and online classroom. He joined APUS in 2003. More

  • Dr. Mark Riccardi

    Dr. Mark Riccardi

    Associate Vice President, Dean, School of Security & Global Studies

    Dr. Mark Riccardi retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of active service spent in intelligence, military support to civilian authorities, and special operations. He has presented at conferences around the world on topics that include Social Media use During Disaster Operations. More

  • Ms. Caroline Simpson

    Ms. Caroline Simpson

    Vice President, Student Services

    Ms. Caroline Simpson joined APUS in 2005 and played a large role in developing the online advising services offered to university students. She currently oversees academic advising, transfer credit evaluations, student and alumni affairs, career services, and student appeals. More

  • Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm

    Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm

    Vice President, Assessment and Accreditation

    Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm has an extensive background in learning outcomes assessment. She has consulted with schools districts, state departments of education, and school reform organizations. She worked with the Accelerated Schools Project at Stanford University prior to joining APUS in 2005. More

  • Mr. Chris Symanoskie

    Mr. Chris Symanoskie, IRC

    Vice President, Corporate Communications

    Mr. Chris Symanoskie leads the highly visible investor relations program for American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI). Mr. Symanoskie shaped the communications strategy for the company's initial public offering, which was the NASDAQ’s second most successful domestic IPO of 2007. More

  • Ms. Amy Weber

    Ms. Amy Weber, CPA

    Vice President, Internal Audit

    Ms. Amy Weber, CPA, joined APUS in 2009 after several years of consulting with the university on finance automation projects. As VP of Internal Audit, she performs compliance and operational audits and supervises the university's compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley act. More

  • Mr. Keith Wellings

    Mr. Keith Wellings

    Vice President, Finance Operations

    Mr. Keith Wellings oversees all components of the university's financial services compliance and default prevention. He led the design and implementation of the university's process to identify and prevent potential student fraud with regard to Title IV funding. More

  • Mr. Michael White

    Mr. Michael White

    Vice President, Tax, Budgeting & Facilities Management

    Mr. Michael White has more than 30 years experience in the accounting, audit, and tax fields. At APUS, he oversees the university's tax activities, operating and capital budgets, and new construction projects or renovation of the university’s acquired properties. More