Nuno Fernandes takes over as president of America’s public university system


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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nuno Fernandes officially assumed the presidency of the American Public University System (APUS) today following an event with faculty, staff and guests at the university’s finance center in Charles Town. Mr. Fernandes, APUS’ fifth President, brings deep experience aligned with APUS’ mission to educate adult learners from all walks of life.

“I am both humbled and honored to serve the outstanding students of this remarkable university and look forward to working closely with our faculty and staff as we continue to build on the proud legacy of APUS,” Mr. Fernandes said.

Formerly President and CEO of Ilumno, Latin America largest online program manager (by number of students managed), Mr. Fernandes has led successful initiatives to improve student retention, student satisfaction, graduation rates and brand reputation at owned universities and partners of Ilumno. He also helped position the company’s former and current partner institutions as leaders in expanding access to quality higher education and becoming dominant online market players in seven countries.

“We are excited about our bright future with Nuno Fernandes at the helm,” said Frank ball, Chairman of the APUS Board of Directors, who led the national search process. “We are confident that his leadership and expertise will help us continue to make online higher education more accessible to adult learners.”

The start of Mr. Fernandes is another milestone for APUS which, as a major employer of Jefferson County (WV), has:

  • Over 200 online degree and certificate programs offered by American Military University and American Public University.
  • Approximately 86,600 adult learners*
  • More than 123,000 graduates worldwide*
  • Approximately 1,780 full-time and part-time professors**
  • A local workforce of approximately 710 faculty and staff living in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and washington d.c.**

Mr. Fernandes succeeds the interim president, Dr. Kate Zatz, who also served on the board for 18 years, more than half of that as chair of the board. APUS is grateful for the leadership and important contributions of Dr. Zatz.

Mr. 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 online higher education for US military and veterans. *** With over 123,000 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

*Dated June 30, 2022.
**Dated December 31, 2021.
**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
[email protected]

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