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APUS Names Aldrich, Roby to New Military, Veterans and Community College Outreach Leadership Roles

Charles Town, W. Va., Sept. 10, 2015 -- American Public University System (APUS) today announced the appointment of John Aldrich as vice president of military, veterans and community college relations and Dan Roby as associate vice president of military and community college relations. In their new leadership roles, they will be responsible for all related APUS outreach activities, including serving as the main liaisons between American Military University (AMU) and Department of Defense agencies and overseeing partnerships with national community college leaders.

Aldrich, who succeeds AMU veteran Jim Sweizer in his new role, previously served as associate vice president for military and community college outreach, west region senior manager for military outreach and education coordinator. Prior to joining APUS in 2006, he served as an education services specialist for Marine Corps Base Twenty-Nine Palms California; director of career services and job placement at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort, SC; and education specialist for Navy College Programs, Sicily, Italy. In addition, he served as academic advisor for undecided students and student athletes at the University of Rhode Island and as a naval hospital corpsman (USN), Fleet Marine Forces.

“I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to represent our institution in an even broader capacity in serving our key constituents in both the armed forces and civilian populace,” said Aldrich. “One of my primary goals will be to make our transfer credit process for community college graduates even more seamless so they can take full advantage of our growing variety of career-relevant programs.” APUS currently has transfer agreements in place with nearly 60 community colleges nationwide.

Aldrich is currently the chair for the Military Special Interest Group for the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and also serves on the advisory board for Military Advanced Education Magazine’s annual Guide to Colleges and Universities. He served as the 2008 chair for the Joint Spouses Conference Hawaii, and received the 2004 College Administrator of the Year award from the State of South Carolina. He earned a B.S. in Human Sciences and Services and a M.S. in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island, and is also a 2014 graduate of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Leadership Forum.

Roby, who succeeds Aldrich in his new role, joined APUS in 2005 and most recently served as director, eastern region and overseas military and community college outreach. He served in the Air Force for 27 years before retiring as chief master sergeant (E-9). During his years on active- duty he attended several different universities, completing two AAS degrees through the Community College of the Air Force, along with a BA in Human Resource Management and MA in Management from AMU.

”I’m very pleased to announce these two important promotions for John and Dan,” said Mike Netzer, APUS senior vice president and associate provost, academic program development and outreach. “Their continuing efforts will help position AMU for continued industry leadership in educating those who serve, while enhancing collaboration with community colleges sharing our commitment to serving adult learners.”


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