Wade T. Dyke, Ph.D.


American Public University System

Wade T. Dyke, Ph.D., is president of American Public University System. He has a wealth of experience in education and business within private, non-profit, and public enterprises. Before coming to APUS in August 2020, he served as CEO of Great Hearts Academies, a charter school network with some 19,000 students. Prior to that, Dyke was president of Kaplan University (now known as Purdue Global University), where he worked for nine years in several jobs of ascending executive responsibility, including as executive vice president of higher and professional education. He was instrumental in expanding online learning options for campus-based and online students while enhancing policies and practices to promote growth and innovation throughout the Kaplan organization.

Dyke also held the CEO role at Chancellor Beacon Academies after starting his business career at International Paper Co. He served in the U.S. Department of Education as chief of staff for the deputy secretary during the George H.W. Bush Administration.

Dyke is a Rhodes Scholar and former White House Fellow who earned his Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in politics and economics at the University of Oxford. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Oxford and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also worked as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University.

Dyke joined Strada’s board in 2019 and serves as chair of the governance committee and as a member of the finance and audit committee.