American Public University System names accomplished Ed Tech CEO Nuno Fernandes as its fifth president


CHARLES TOWN, West Virginia., August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American Public University System has selected Nuno Fernandes as new president, effective September 1st2022. Mr. Fernandes becomes the fifth President of APUS at a time of tremendous opportunities for growth and innovation at the University.

Mr. Fernandes is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Latin America the largest online program manager (OPM), Ilumno, which at its peak educated over 300,000 students a year. Throughout his nearly ten years at Ilumno, Mr. Fernandes also served as Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Strategic Alliances; director of marketing and operations; and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment, while striving to make affordable, quality higher education online and in the field more accessible in Latin America.

“I speak on behalf of the entire board in wishing Nuno to join us in moving APUS forward into the future,” said Frank ball, Chairman of the APUS Board of Directors. “Nuno has an outstanding track record in combining his vast experience in education, business and technology to make quality higher education more affordable and accessible, which is a perfect fit with our values ​​and vision.”

Mr. Fernandes’ focus on student outcomes has simultaneously improved student retention, student satisfaction, graduation rates, and brand reputation at Ilumno-owned universities while positioning partner institutions to Ilumno as leaders in expanding access to quality and affordable education in Latin America. He helped generate significant growth that helped Ilumno become the largest OPM in Latin Americawith emphasis on Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Panamaand El Salvadorwhere former and current Ilumno partner institutions have become dominant players in the online market.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve APUS as we continue to make affordable, high-quality online higher education more accessible to people around the world,” said Mr. Fernandes. “APUS has such a rich history over the past 30 years in training over 116,000 service-minded students, including active duty military, veterans and many more. I look forward to returning the proposal. of value from APUS more well known and relevant in the US market and beyond.”

APUS thanks the interim president, Dr. Kate Zatz has held his position since November 2021.

Prior to Ilumno, Fernandes held the position of General Manager of Miamibased at Overseas Leisure Group, an award-winning luxury tourism provider serving 2,000 travel agencies and tour operators worldwide. Before that, he came to United States through his role as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for the Thermo-Technology Division of Bosch, where in total he worked for 11 years in various marketing and sales positions in several countries, notably Spain, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and United States.

Fernandes holds a Masters in Business Administration from WP Carey School business at Arizona State Universityand a bachelor’s degree from the University of Port in Portugal. He has also participated in several executive training programs in Harvard Business School and Carnegie Mellon Universityamong others.

About the American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS) provides accessible and affordable online higher education to adult learners from all backgrounds. APUS, a five-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Public University as well as American Military University, the premier provider of higher education for US military and veterans. * With over 116,000 alumni worldwide, APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information, visit

*Based on Department of Defense FY 2019 tuition assistance and Veterans Administration student enrollment data, as reported by Military Times, 2020.

Frank Tutalo
Director of Public Relations, APEI
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