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  • Mr. John Aldrich

    Mr. John Aldrich

    Vice President, Military, Veterans, and Educational Partnerships

    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. Grady Batchelor, Senior Vice President, Dean, Faculty & Student Success, American Public University System (APUS)

    Dr. Grady Batchelor

    Dean, Faculty & Student Success

    Dr. Grady Batchelor joined APUS in 2011as a faculty member, and today leads the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where he oversees strategic initiatives for student retention, persistence, and completion, as well as faculty professional development.  More

  • Mr. Scott Benham, Vice President, Systems Engineering, American Public University System (APUS)

    Mr. Scott Benham

    Vice President, Software Engineering

    Mr. Scott Benham joined APUS in 2012, and today is responsible for design, development, integration, and support of the university's enterprise application platforms. He previously led the transformation of the university's data warehouse and reporting capabilities to a modern self-service model.  More

  • Mr. Frank Burhance, Vice President, Service Operations, American Public University System (APUS)

    Mr. Frank Burhance

    Vice President, Service Operations

    Mr. Frank Burhance leads the university’s mission to create a superior student experience and works closely with all student-facing departments to streamline processes and identifying opportunities for positive change.  More

  • Dr Jennifer Douglass

    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. More

  • 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. More

  • Dr. Grace Glass

    Dr. Grace Glass

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dr. Conrad Lotze, Senior Vice President, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, American Public University System (APUS)

    Dr. Conrad Lotze

    Dean of Academic Services & the School of Education

    Dr. Conrad Lotze brings 25 years of teaching, curriculum development, and educational leadership experience to APUS from a variety of academic positions, including expertise in junior high, high school, and college level mathematics and pedagogy. More

  • Dr. Ahmed Naumaan

    Dr. Ahmed Naumaan

    Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

    Dr. Ahmed Naumaan oversees the ongoing management, development, and assessment of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with a primary focus on ensuring academic quality, student retention, and best practices in faculty teaching and learning. 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

    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

    Dean, Academic Outreach & Program Development

    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

    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, 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, 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. 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