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Thoughts on Election 2020 and the State of Our Country

Thoughts on Election 2020 and the State of Our Country

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As I write in the early morning hours of November 3, Election Day, I continue to be amazed at the fractured status of our country. The outcome of the election may not be in doubt to the pollsters, but the unrest will likely continue.

Since the launch of 24-hour news coverage by CNN in 1980 to the always-available Internet, the U.S. has morphed from a focus on unified goals of progress (“man on the moon” and “end the Cold War”) to the media-covered factional objective of the month, quarter, and sometimes a year. With many media professionals eager to report the next story that goes viral and politicians eager to expand their national profile, the volume of single-issue sound bites outnumber the collaborative initiatives announced by a spokesperson or two.

I visited the websites for each of the presidential candidates. Joe Biden’s website is filled with objectives, most of which are reversals of actions taken by Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s site appears to have a singular objective, which is getting out the vote for Donald Trump.

If elected, Biden will have to prioritize his objectives, disappointing supporters of the objectives that lack priority. If reelected, it’s unlikely that Trump will reverse course on the actions taken in his first term.

Regardless of who is elected during Election 2020, I am not optimistic that things will change in Washington. We don’t have anyone running on a unity platform.

At the end of the day, whoever is elected will act on their agenda until the other party finds a way to block it, perhaps after the mid-term elections. Sadly, after an election, the media tends to switch their focus to the person/people in charge and not the needs of the people who elected them.

If there’s a silver lining in all of this election process, it’s the voter turnout, which is projected to be the highest in years, maybe the highest ever. I believe that the turnout for Election 2020 is high because every voter wants to send a message.

Great leaders would try to listen to those messages, find similarities, and chart a unified course. If they don’t listen, we need to vote them out.

I eagerly await the results of the 2020 election.

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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 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. Dr. Boston lives in Owings Mills, MD with his wife Sharon and their two daughters.

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