US public university system appoints David Cumberbatch, head of entrepreneurial education and technology, to board of trustees


“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Cumberbatch to the APUS Board. His breadth and depth of experience -. In higher education, technology and consumer organizations face – is well suited to APUS’ mission to provide accessible and affordable online higher education for adult learners from all walks of life,” said Frank ballchairman of the APUS board of directors.

Cumberbatch is a senior advisor to New Markets Ventures and a founding board member of Undaunted Futures. He was also a member of the advisory board of Apogee Equity Partners, Village Capital and Riiid Labs.

“I am honored to join APUS with Online Higher Education playing such a a an important role in development and cross-training of a dynamic workforce in a context of growing business demands, “said Cumberbatch. “As a longtime executive at EdTech, I am excited to help prospective APUS students achieve their educational goals.

Cumberbatch was founder, president and CEO of ECS Learning Systems from 2017 to 2020, an EdTech solutions provider. Previously, he was Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at Stride, Inc. (formerly K12, Inc.), where he focused on expanding career readiness solutions and education technology. . Before that he was director of strategy and marketing of ACT Inc., a non-profit leader in the evaluation of university preparation and career. There, he collaborated in the development of the ACT digital test and the launch of ACT Aspire.

His prior experience includes senior roles as senior product manager at Microsoft Corporation, where he led its consumer growth segments and education. Previously, he was brand manager for Procter & Gamble, focusing on Europe and Latin America markets. Cumberbatch has also held leadership positions in start-ups such as Imagitas and SimpleTuition.

Cumberbatch holds a bachelor’s degree (Honours, First Class) in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Kent to Canterbury (UK), and a Masters in Labor Management Studies University of Oxford, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He currently lives at Iowa with his family.

About the American University Public 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 Effective Practice Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Award, offers more than 200 online degrees and certification programs through public American University, as well as American Military University, provider #1 in Higher Education for U.S. Army & Veterans*. With over 114,000 alumni worldwide, APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). It 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.

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