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APUS Announces 16 Recipients of 2013 Presidential Management Fellowships

CHARLES TOWN, WV, May 9, 2013American Public University System (APUS) today announced that 14 American Military University (AMU)  and two American Public University (APU) students have been selected as 2013 Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) finalists from among more than 12,000 applicants. The number of recipients marks a three-fold increase over the number of AMU and APU students similarly recognized in 2012.

“The PMF program is one of the most prestigious and competitive government opportunities and is a flagship leadership development program. Each year, the program seeks graduate students who have demonstrated a history of professional and academic excellence, and who are willing to undergo a rigorous multi-stage selection process,” said APUS Executive Vice President & Provost Dr. Karan Powell. “We are extraordinarily pleased to have our graduate students recognized in this way.”

The 2013 APUS finalists include the following:

  • Sharon Johnson, public administration, Spring Lake, NC (APU)
  • David Roberts, emergency and disaster management, Vista, CA (APU)
  • Michael Berry, management, Killeen, TX  (AMU)
  • Brandy Billie, business administration, Killeen, TX (AMU)
  • Sherri Burns, environmental policy and management, Navarre, FL (AMU)
  • Andreia Farias, international relations and conflict resolution, Miami, FL (AMU)
  • John Gill, business administration, San Diego, CA (AMU)
  • Andrea Grisham, international relations and conflict resolution, Fredericksburg, VA (AMU)
  • Pilar Lindstrom, intelligence studies, Germany (AMU) 
  • Sharon Marcus, public health, DeSoto, TX (AMU)
  • Matthew Mikaitis, criminal justice, Chicago, IL (AMU)
  • Michele O’Neil, national security studies, Frederick, MD (AMU)
  • Curtis Rasmussen, intelligence studies, Bismarck, ND (AMU) 
  • David Robinson, business administration, Deltona, FL (AMU)
  • David Sandifer, criminal justice, Thurmont, MD (AMU) 
  • Brandon Wilson, business administration, Meshoppen, PA (AMU)

The PMF program offers a two-year leadership development opportunity in the federal government. Begun in 1977, the program places fellows in up to 50 agencies across the federal government. Fellows are provided six-month job rotations, exceptional training opportunities, and access to a cadre of highly-placed government officials.

Five APUS students were named PMF finalists in 2012: Henry Dickens, public administration, Fort Washington, MD; Keith Johnson, political science, Carmel, NY; Brenda Moore, emergency and disaster management, Little Rock, AK; Matthew Plumser, national security studies, East Brunswick, NJ; and Dorin Vincent, national security studies, Colorado Springs, CO.

About American Public University System

American Public University System, winner of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of the OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Military University and American Public University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit

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