APUS Executive Leadership
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. Elizabeth Johnson
An experienced academic administrator, Dr. Elizabeth Johnson has served in roles of increasing responsibility over the last 20 years as a professor, department head, dean and provost. Most recently, she was Chief Academic Officer and Provost at Post University, a regionally accredited, online and on-campus for-profit university in Waterbury, CT, for over seven years.
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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. Jeremi Bauer
Dean, Dr. Wallace E. Boston School of Business
Dr. Jeremi Bauer, the Dean of the Dr. Wallace E. Boston School of Business at APUS, has a distinguished career in academia. He is recognized for his exceptional work, dedication to DEI, successful accreditation campaigns, and expertise in Six Sigma, with research interests in positive psychology, ADHD, and cognitive psychology.
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Ms. Mauricia Blackwell
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Blackwell orchestrates collaboration among stakeholders that avoids risks, solves problems, and fosters a proactive approach to organizational initiatives.
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Dr. Mitchell Colver
Associate Provost, Engagement & Retention
A highly sought after—and oft-cited—educational scholar, consultant, and professional trainer, Dr. Mitchell Colver began his career in higher education in 2007. He credits his early experiences with students for focusing his interest in diversity, human potential, and growth-oriented empowerment. Dr. Colver has extensive experience in including instruction and leadership, including roles in both student and academic affairs.
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Mr. Travis Durepo
Vice President, Student Support & 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. Steve Ernst
Associate Provost, Quality & Innovation
Dr. Steve Ernst has an extensive background in higher education. Before joining APUS, he served as a tenured professor and dean before expanding his executive leadership experience working for education-technology and adaptive-learning companies.
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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
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
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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Ms. Lindsey Larson
Chief of Staff
Ms. Lindsey Larson joined American Public University System (APUS) in 2012 and has held a variety of positions across the institution prior to her current role as Chief of Staff.
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Mr. Jose Molleja
Vice President, APU Brand Expansion & Student Success
Mr. Molleja boasts a remarkable track record of driving digital transformations, optimizing performance, and expanding market presence across Latin America and Europe.
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Dr. Michelle Newman
Associate Provost, University Registrar
As University Registrar, Dr. Michelle Newman serves the disability services and catalog management, registrar services, and the transfer credit teams. During her American Public University System career, she has grown the academic advising team from 12 to over 80 members and led her team in defining the academic advising needs of an online adult learner.
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Mr. Roman Ortega Jr.
Senior Vice President, AMU Brand Expansion & Student Success
Roman Ortega Jr. stands as an exceptional figure in the realm of higher education and military service, having forged an impressive career spanning decades of dedication, innovation, and leadership. Roman's vast experience, ranging from serving as a professor to being a strategic planner, fundraiser, and expert in international and governmental affairs, has made him an invaluable asset in the ever-evolving higher education landscape.
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Dr. Juliette Rouge
Dean, Security & Global Studies
Dr. Juliette Rouge (Shedd) is the Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies. Before joining APUS, Juliette worked at George Mason University for 17 years where she held the positions of Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
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Ms. Caroline Simpson
Assistant Provost, Student & Alumni Affairs
Caroline Simpson joined APUS in 2005 and played a large role in developing the online advising services offered to University students. She currently oversees Student & Alumni Affairs, Career Services, University Events, Student Conduct & Grievances, and Chaplain Services for APUS’s student and alumni community. Additionally, she serves as the TitleIX Coordinator and is the co-chair of the APUS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Council.
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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
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. Frank Tutalo
Director, Public Relations
Frank Tutalo has more than 20 years of extensive experience in building, managing, and leading a range of successful PR and communications initiatives. As Director of Public Relations for APUS, he is responsible for the University’s media relations and communications programs.
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Mr. Keith Wellings
Vice President, Financial Aid & 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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