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July: A Month of Memories, Celebrations and Reflection

July: A Month of Memories, Celebrations and Reflection


The month of July triggers many memories. When I was younger, the month kicked off with the Fourth of July holiday festivities of picnics and fireworks, all of which were fascinating to me, my siblings, cousins, and friends. July 4 was also my grandfather’s birthday, an occasion that we were fortunate to celebrate with him through his 95th.

During my college years, I worked at the beach during the summer break. The July 4th week usually signified the beginning of the busy season at the beach, but it also meant that summer was halfway over for those of us returning to school before Labor Day.

In my home state of Maryland, July was also the month when local produce like tomatoes, corn, peas, string beans, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, and asparagus became available in the grocery stores and at roadside produce stands. For many years, our family had a large garden, and all of us at home shared in the duties of planting, weeding, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting. By the date of my father’s birthday, July 25th, all of our birthday dinner vegetables were freshly harvested from the family garden.

When my children were born in July, that gave us three birthdays to celebrate. Those births also added summer sports competitions from an early age until the present. We probably celebrated half of their birthdays somewhere on the road, but we usually had an opening in the schedule to celebrate my dad’s birthday at my parents’ house or one of my sibling’s homes.

The Fourth of July celebrations were different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many communities did not want to bring large crowds together for fireworks or parades. There were scheduled events, but in many cases, they were on a vastly different scale than before.

All of us are coming together to celebrate my children’s birthdays this month. A few days after that, I’m sure we’ll find a way to recognize my dad on what would have been his 90th birthday.

We’ll have our favorite memories and stories, and I’ll be sure to propose a toast to the man who set an example for so many during his 89.9 years here. Thanks for the lessons, the support, and the memories, Dad!

Wally Boston 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 September 2019, Dr. Boston retired as CEO of APEI and retired as APUS President in August 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. For four years from 2009 through 2012, APEI was ranked in Forbes' Top 10 list of America's Best Small Public Companies. During his tenure as president, APUS grew to over 85,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 100,000 alumni. While serving as APEI CEO and APUS President, Dr. Boston was a board member of APEI, APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and Fidelis, Inc. Dr. Boston continues to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and as a member and chair of the board of New Horizons Worldwide. 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. In August 2020, the Board of Trustees of APUS appointed him Trustee Emeritus. In November 2020, the Board of Trustees announced that the APUS School of Business would be renamed the Dr. Wallace E Boston School of Business in recognition of Dr. Boston's service to the university. Dr. Boston lives with his family in Austin, Texas.


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