American Public University System
Member, Board of Trustees
Member, Board of Directors
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. in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. 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 the parent company of APUS, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS has grown to 60,000 alumni worldwide and 200 degree and certificate programs.
In July 2016, he was succeeded as APUS president by former Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Karan Powell, while continuing his leadership role as CEO of APEI to provide strategic and leadership support to APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and other APEI ventures. Upon announcement of Dr. Powell’s retirement in October 2017, Dr. Boston resumed the role of president during a nationwide search for her successor.
In addition to his service to the university, Dr. Boston is a board member of the Maryland Association of CPAs and a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and Advisory Board of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). He is also a board member of the Presidents’ Forum of Excelsior College, a member of the Arizona State University Education Innovation Advisory Board, and board member of New Horizons Worldwide, Fidelis, Inc., and Therapeutic Research Center. In addition, he is a past treasurer of the Board of Trustees of 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 and Certified 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 Penn GSE. In 2008, the APUS Board of Trustees awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and in June 2016, he was recognized as the inaugural recipient of his namesake Leadership Award.