American Public University System names chief academic officer
McCluskey began developing online learning programs for Mercy College in New York in 1990, when distance learning was still a relatively new concept. He helped found Mercyâ€™s online learning program with a grant from IBM. Most recently, he served as the collegeâ€™s dean of online learning.
â€œDr. McCluskey has built successful online programs â€” from the ground up â€” within a traditional campus structure,â€ says Wally Boston, president and chief executive officer for the University System, which serves more than 12,000 online learners worldwide (www.apus.edu). â€œI know that his experience will enrich our programs and academic outreach, and I welcome his leadership.â€
McCluskey has served on online learning accreditation teams for New York State, one of the more stringent accrediting bodies in the U.S. He has been a corporate trainer and organizational consultant for the American Management Association. He also is a frequent lecturer, at home and abroad, on distance learning and other topics.
â€œIâ€™m proud to be joining one of the pioneers in distance learning,â€ says McCluskey. â€œThe quality of the programs â€” and the University Systemâ€™s desire to add value to student education â€” made it an easy decision to come here. I hope to strengthen the academic program with my experience in traditional liberal arts education.â€
McCluskey earned his doctorate in German Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.
American Public University System delivers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs, providing relevant and affordable distance learning â€” taught by professors experienced in the real-world subjects they teach. AMU and APU prepare students for careers in homeland security, intelligence, criminal justice, emergency management, sports management, and more.