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Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In July 2016, he retired as APUS president and continued as CEO of APEI. In September 2017, he was reappointed APUS president after the resignation of Dr. Karan Powell. In September 2019, Angela Selden was named CEO of APEI, succeeding Dr. Boston who will remain APUS president until his planned retirement in June 2020. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led APEI to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS grew to over 100,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 90,000 alumni. In addition to his service as a board member of APUS and APEI, Dr. Boston is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a board member of the Presidents’ Forum, and a board member of Hondros College of Nursing and Fidelis, Inc. He has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker on the impact of technology on higher education. Dr. Boston is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and, in April 2017, also bestowed him with the title President Emeritus.

2020 – The Year in Review (Part 2)

The following article is a summary of all of the blog articles that appeared on the Wally Boston blog during the second half of 2020. This article is part 2 of a three-part series.

2020 – The Year in Review (Part 1)

The following article is a summary of all of the blog articles that appeared on Wally Boston during the first half of 2020. This article is part 1 of a two-part series.

Long Life Learning, Part 2 – Resources for Companies and Adult Learners

After posting my review of Dr. Michelle Weise’s book, Long Life Learning, I thought about the companies that she mentioned and decided to research them through their websites and provide a summary. Where possible, I’ve organized them in line with the ecosystem principles that Dr. Weise calls for developing.

Transfer, Mobility, Progress, and Higher Ed Enrollment

The National Student Clearinghouse issued its final Fall 2020 enrollment report for higher education institutions this week. Appropriately, the report’s title had “COVID-19” in a smaller font above it. Clearly, COVID-19 influenced higher education enrollment this year, but the question remains as to whether COVID-19 simply accelerated a trend that was already in the works.

Long Life Learning – Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet

Given Dr. Weise’s background as an English professor, it is not a surprise that the title of her book, Long Life Learning, is a clever play on the more familiar term, Life-Long Learning.

Zoom Social Hours

A couple of weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, I received a group email from a doctoral classmate of mine.

The Lincoln Project and Its Effect on the Recent Election

During the recent election campaign, I would occasionally see or hear an ad sponsored by The Lincoln Project. I quickly learned that The Lincoln Project was a U.S. political action committee (PAC) formed in late 2019 by a number of Republicans and former Republicans. The PAC’s goal was to prevent the re-election of President Trump and defeat all Republicans in close races running for re-election in the U.S. Senate.

What’s the Best Way to Create Innovation in Higher Education?

A few years ago, I was asked to develop and teach a course on Educational Entrepreneurship to a cohort of doctoral students enrolled in the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. As I constructed the syllabus for the one-semester course, I realized that I needed to find instructional content/materials to provide the students with some knowledge about business models in order to adequately complete the final assignment. That final project was an 8- to 10-page paper outlining in some detail a unique idea to generate revenues or reduce expenses for their institution.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Logistics, Logistics, and More Logistics

On Friday, the news that we have been waiting for finally arrived. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Headlines indicated that the first shipment would be distributed around the United States through FedEx and UPS.

The Erosion of Community and Empathy – The Same Accelerant?

I have mentioned in the past that I follow the writings of NYU Professor Scott Galloway in his blog, No Mercy/No Malice. I also reviewed his most recent book, "Post Corona." Last week, Professor Galloway posted an article titled “The Great Dispersion.” Some of the article repeated material from "Post Corona," particularly the point that the most enduring feature of the pandemic will be as an accelerant of existing trends. The trend that Professor Galloway cites as encapsulating the greatest reallocation of stakeholder value is “The Great Dispersion.”