American Public University System Marks Commitment to Sustainability, Serving Military and Public Service Professionals, with Grand Opening of Energy-Efficient Finance Center

Left to Right: Dale Manuel, Jefferson County Commissioner; David Hamill, Mayor of Ranson; Honorable U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.); Herb Snyder, West Virginia State Senator; Dr. Wallace E. Boston, President and CEO of American Public University System; Peggy Smith, Mayor of Charles Town; Tiffany Lawrence, West Virginia State Delegate; Harry Wilkins, CFO of American Public University System. (Photo by Tom Kochel)

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Public University System (APUS) today celebrated the opening of its new, energy-efficient Finance Center located in the Charles Town-Ranson Corridor of West Virginia. Since relocating its headquarters to Charles Town 10 years ago, APUS has invested more than $47 million in local construction and building renovation projects, including the state’s largest solar array opened in Spring 2012 and Academic Center opened in late 2010.

“The new Finance Center will help us continue to serve our growing student body even more effectively as we work toward further reducing our already low carbon footprint in the years to come.”

The 105,000 square foot, environmentally-friendly facility features:

  • Office and meeting space for more than 400 finance and administrative staff supporting more than 100,000 online students worldwide.
  • Construction targeted for LEED certification at the Gold Level or higher, per standards set by the US Green Building Council
  • Solar panels providing covered parking while producing power for the building.

“This beautiful facility in our beautiful state is a major investment in the Eastern Panhandle as a whole and downtown Charles Town in particular,” noted The Honorable U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.). “More importantly, it underscores two important things about APUS – its success in providing educational opportunities to students all over the country and the world, and its commitment to a future of energy efficiency.”