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Dr. Wallace E. Boston

Dr. Wallace Boston - American Public University System (APUS)

APUS President, Member Board of Trustees, and CEO, American Public Education, Inc.

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. (APEI) 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 of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, Dr. Boston led the parent company of APUS, American Public Education, Inc., to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS grew to over 100,000 students majoring in 200 degree and certificate programs and the institution’s graduates increased to approximately 75,000. In July 2016, he retired as APUS president and continued as the CEO of APEI. In October 2017, following the retirement of Dr. Karan Powell as APUS president, he resumed the role of APUS president. Dr. Boston has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker regarding the impact of technology on higher education.

In addition to his service as a board member of APUS and APEI, Dr. Boston is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a board member of the Presidents’ Forum, and a board member of Hondros College of Nursing, Fidelis, Inc. He is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the 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, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global 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.

Dr. Boston lives in Owings Mills, MD with his wife, Sharon and their two daughters.