Dr. Chris Reynolds joined the staff of American Public University System in February 2003 and has over 35 years of higher education experience in both the traditional and online classroom. As Vice President and Dean of Academic Communications and Program Development, Dr. Reynolds fosters the development of cross-disciplinary collaborations and facilitates networking to link faculty to outreach initiatives. Dr. Reynolds served as a Division Fire Chief and Emergency Manager for over 33 years with a large metro-county fire-rescue organization. He is a board-certified emergency manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO), and is a Chief Fire Officer Designee (CFO) through the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Additionally, he holds the Military Emergency Management Senior Specialist (MEMS) badge. He is also a registered paramedic in the state of Florida.