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George Vukovich Veterans DayGuest Post by George Vukovich
AVP, Military-Affiliated Programs

The writer Michael de Montaigne once said, “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”

From the founding days of our incredible country through the present moments, millions of American men and women have proudly worn uniforms representing the branches of service that constitute the Armed Forces of the United States!

Though the uniforms may differ, they are one and the same! They are all designed to represent – Dignity – Courage – Honor – and belief in a system greater than self!

Though the faces change, they remain the same! Young men and women from different cultures, races, religions, and backgrounds band together and learn that ‘a community of one is much stronger than a group of individuals!’

At American Military University, we understand the concept of belief. We believe in our student body and our community of alumni wholeheartedly. We understand that the success of this institution is based on the success of our student body and our graduates. We understand that our students desire a relevant academic program to meet their desire to learn. We believe our students want to be challenged, and we believe they are proud of their accomplishments upon graduation.

We also believe in the value that our veterans and active-duty students bring to the classroom. This community of adult learners provides insight and experience to the classroom not seen in most traditional universities. Our learning environment is a community of one! Our leadership, faculty, and staff appreciate every student within the program and respect the breadth of knowledge these students apply to their programs along the way.

On this Veterans Day, we honor the service of our active-duty and veteran students, and hold high hopes for your continued safety! We look forward to seeing you achieve your academic dreams!

George Vukovich is a retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and former president of the Virginia Advisory Council for Military Education [2010 & 2011]. He is actively involved in veteran educational opportunities in a variety of venues and serves as staff advisor for the APUS Student Veterans of America Chapter.

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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 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), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and as a member 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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