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APUS President and CEO Wallace E. Boston Receives Wagner Award for Distance Education Leadership

Also Addresses MOOC Impact as Closing Keynoter at 2013 Distance Learning Administration Conference

Charles Town, WV, June 5, 2013American Public University System (APUS) today announced that Dr. Wallace E. Boston, president and CEO, has received a Wagner Award for Distance Education Leadership. Presented as part of the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) 2013 Conference, the award marks the third such APUS honoree in the leadership category, and fourth overall.

Sponsored by the University of West Georgia and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, the award recognizes significant contributions to, and research in, distance education best practices, and responsibility for the growth of distance learning programs. Dr. Boston was co-author of the Best Paper awarded at the DLA conferences in 2011 and 2012.

“I’m very proud to congratulate Dr. Boston on this recognition of his significant efforts over the last nine years to help APUS become a leader in providing quality distance learning programs that support successful student outcomes,” said Dr. Larry Flegle, APUS professor of sports management, who won the award in 2008.

In addition to Dr. Flegle, Dr. Boston succeeds previous APUS category winners Phil McNair, VP of strategic initiatives (2009), and Dr. Phil Ice, VP of research and development. Dr. Ice received the Wagner Award for Innovation in Distance Learning Administration in 2011 and has collaborated with Dr. Boston on a number of distance learning research initiatives.

Dr. Boston’s guidance was critical to APUS’s implementation of a rigorous learning outcomes assessment program, as well as the development of a Community of Inquiry (COI), which identifies and measures three principle elements critical to a successful online learning environment: social, cognitive, and teaching presence. Under his leadership, APUS was also awarded the Sloan Consortium’s 2009 Gomory Award for Quality Online Education. 

Dr. Boston serves on the APUS Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  He also serves as a board member of the Education Alliance, a non-profit organization promoting public/private partnerships serving K-12 public schools in West Virginia.  In addition, for the past three years, he has served as a judge for the Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Dr. Boston presented closing keynote remarks at the 2013 conference titled, “Online Disruption, MOOC mania, and Change in Higher Education – How crazy (or bad) will it get?”, and also co-presented “Student Characteristics Contributing to Re-enrollment in Online Institutions” with Dr. Ice and Dr. Melissa Layne, APUS director of research methodology. APUS is currently participating in a partnership with the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the University of Illinois - Springfield and several other UPCEA member institutions to examine the potential of massive open online courses and how MOOCs could integrate into traditional degree completion programs.


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