On December 14, nearly 20 of our distinguished alumni gathered in Crystal City, Va., as we launched the new President’s Alumni Council. I co-hosted the event, along with American Public University System (APUS) trustees and alumni Dr. J. D. Polk and Lt. General Tom Conant (USMC, Ret.), for alumni who are key leaders in government and industry. With 65,000+ alumni worldwide and growing, we aim to advance our greater American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) community through ongoing engagement with them.
As the newest member of the American Public University System (APUS) Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the AMU Class of 2005, I would like to offer a perspective on the importance of an American Military University (AMU) degree to our military and civilian students and their spouses.
This week, following the recent arrival of Dr. Vernon Smith as new APUS provost, Mr. Robert Gay (Bob) joined the university as chief operations officer (COO). Bob’s primary role is to lead our focus on strategic enrollment growth, consistent with our established mission to provide an affordable, accessible and relevant education. The COO oversees the strategy of the university and leads and/or interfaces with teams focused on admissions, financial aid, marketing, military, corporate and community college outreach, transfer credit, and alumni relations. To achieve strategic enrollment growth in an ever-changing higher education and learning environment, he will focus on simplifying the prospect and student experience so that it is seamless and free of unnecessary administrative roadblocks.
A university provost leads the academic community of faculty, directors and deans, is responsible for the library and its staff, for academic and instructional design and quality and, ultimately, for ensuring the strategic priorities and goals of academic excellence are achieved with a special focus on learning outcomes assessment. To achieve academic excellence in an ever-changing higher education and learning environment, the provost also leads innovation advancement initiatives for faculty and curriculum.
Reflecting on experience and generalizing the meaning of experience are principles and practices foundational to learning and to my experience as a researcher. In this blog I apply these principles and practices to the amazing series of events during APUS Inauguration Week, Nov. 1-4, 2016.
On July 1, 2016, I became just the third, and first woman, president of American Public University System. This week, APUS celebrates my inauguration, commonly understood as “the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period,” "the formal admission of someone to office,” and ”a ceremony to mark the beginning of something.”