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Executive Leadership and Senior Management

APUS Executive Leadership

Nuno Fernandes
Mr. Nuno Fernandes
Nuno Fernandes is the fifth President of APUS, a role he has held since Sept. 1, 2022. He is a visionary leader who has been successful in making online higher education more affordable and accessible, while focused on delivering high-quality education and favorable student outcomes.
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Dr. Marie Harper
Dr. Marie Harper
Interim Provost
Dr. Marie Harper joined American Public University System in 2010 as a Program Director of Management. Prior to joining APUS, Dr. Harper was the Faculty Chair, Business Administration at Peirce College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Ms. Erika Orris
Ms. Erika Orris
Senior Vice President, Operations
Ms. Erika Orris joined APUS in October 2022. Prior to joining the organization, she served as the Executive Vice President of ThriveDX, one of the fastest growth Bootcamp companies in the United States.
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Mr. Richard W. Sunderland, Jr. CPA
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Richard Sunderland has 20+ years leading the financial and operational functions of large established public companies, as well as building the financial operations of emerging growth companies. He was appointed APUS CFO in January 2014.
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APUS Senior Management

Dr. Michael Cottam
Dr. Michael E. Cottam
Associate Provost, Academic and Faculty Services
Dr. Michael Cottam leads several departments including Instructional Design, Media Development, Faculty Hiring, Center for Teaching and Learning, Curriculum, Assessment, and Course Materials.
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Dr. Jennifer Douglas
Dr. Jennifer Douglas
Dean, Graduate Studies & Research
Dr. Jennifer Douglas joined the School of Graduate Studies as associate dean in 2015 and was promoted to dean in August of 2017. She has been instrumental in the creation of the school’s first doctoral level programs.
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Dr. Nicole Drumhiller
Dr. Nicole Drumhiller
Dean, School of Security & Global Studies

Dr. Nicole Drumhiller is the Dean within the School of Security and Global Studies. In addition to her work as Dean, Dr. Drumhiller is a Biosecurity Consultant consulting on industry best practices regarding personnel suitability and threat management. 

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Mr. Travis Durepo
Mr. Travis Durepo
Vice President, Student Support and Enrollment Operations
Mr. Durepo joined the American Public University System in January 2023 to lead the Student Support Center, Workforce Management and Quality Assurance teams. Prior to joining the organization, he served as the Associate Vice President of Tuition Planning with the University of Maryland Global Campus.
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Dr. Leslie Filipelli-DiManna
Dr. Leslie Filippelli-DiManna
Interim Dean, Dr. Wallace E. Boston School of Business
Dr. Leslie P. Filippelli-DiManna has been in higher education for the past 15 years. Before joining APUS, she was an Associate Dean, School of Business, Arts & Sciences; Director of Business Programs; and Associate Professor at American International College (AIC).
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Dr. Brian Freeland
Dr. Brian Freeland
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.
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Dr. Anthony Garibay
Dr. Anthony Garibay
Dean, School of Arts, Humanities & Education
Dr. Anthony R. Garibay is an accomplished Pre-K-12 and Higher Education professional with over 23 years of experience as an instructor and leader in student and academic affairs.
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Mr. Gregory Hill
Mr. Gregory Hill
Vice President, Admissions
Mr. Hill joined the American Public University System in 2007. His 12 years of recruiting and leadership experience have proven vital to transforming the onboarding experience for prospective students.
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Dr. Michelle Newman
Dr. Michelle Newman
Associate Provost, University Registrar
Dr. 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.
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Ms. Caroline Simpson
Ms. Caroline Simpson
Assistant Provost, Student and Alumni Affairs
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.
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Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm
Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm
Vice President, 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.
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Ms. Carolyn Todaro
Ms. Carolyn Todaro
Vice President, Academic Advising
Ms. Carolyn Todaro joined American Public University System in 2005 and currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Advising. Among her accomplishments, she championed the implementation of a proactive academic advising model to better serve the university systems 80,000+ students.
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Mr. Keith Wellings
Mr. Keith Wellings
Vice President, Financial Aid and Compliance
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.
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Dr. Daniel (Danny) Welsch
Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Dr. Danny Welsch has been serving the students of American Public University System since 2007 as a part-time faculty member, full-time faculty member, program director, associate dean, and dean for the School of STEM. 
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