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American Public University Systems, the online school begun in 1991, has hired a number of new program directors and others, including Vincent Giordano.

Giordano obtained master's degrees in criminal justice from Florida Metropolitan University and also the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a doctorate in human services with a specialization in criminal justice from Capella University. 

Before joining to APUS, Giordano worked as a substance abuse counselor in a Department of Corrections-funded youthful offender program, a counselor and supervisor for a 28-day residential and aftercare program and as the administrator of juvenile services at the Pinellas (Fla.) Juvenile Assessment Center. He serves as the program director for criminal justice.

Terri Wilkin is APUS's new program director for legal studies and emergency and disaster management. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. She has a master's in adult education from the University of Phoenix and a dual master of science degree from Johns Hopkins University in leadership and finance as well as accounting. 

Wilkin retired as a lieutenant with the Maryland State Police. Long assigned to the prosecutor's office, she worked in patrol, criminal and drug investigations, white-collar crime, intelligence work, training and as the deputy director of the Planning and Research Division.

Kristen Obst is the university's program director for public administration and security management. She has been teaching public administration and political science at the graduate and undergraduate level for APUS since 2007. 

Before that, she was teaching political science, both online and in a traditional classroom, at Delaware Technical and Community College and Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del. She earned both her master of arts and her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Delaware.

APUS also has appointed two new faculty directors, including Grady Batchelor, who has more than 10 years of experience as president of a regional economic development authority.  

Batchelor served more than nine years in the Air Force in the intelligence field and as a technical training instructor. He also is a volunteer with a sheriff's office reserve agency. 

Batchelor holds a master of arts degree in management from Bellevue University, his master of business administration from Trident University and a doctorate in management with an emphasis in organizational development and change from Colorado Technical University. 

In addition, he is a certified management consultant through the Institute of Management Consultants USA, a certified manager through the Institute of Certified Professional Managers and a fellow of the Strategic Planning Society.

Mark Bond has worked as a police officer at the federal, state and local level. He has been awarded seven citations for bravery for actions in the line of duty. 

During his law enforcement career, he worked in the uniformed patrol division and completed a tour of duty as an undercover narcotics detective assigned to the criminal investigation division. Before his law enforcement career, Bond served in the Army. 

Bond has researched and lectured on outlaw motorcycle clubs. Bond holds a master of science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and a master in education from Touro University.

 APUS, the winner of the Sloan Consortium's 2009 Ralph E. Gomory Award for quality online education, offers 87 online degree programs through its two schools: American Public University and American Military University.