Leadership

John G. Sperling, Ph.D.

Founder, Apollo Education Group, Inc.
and University of Phoenix


Dr. John Sperling is the founder of Apollo Education Group, Inc. and Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors. He also served as the president of Apollo Education Group, Inc. until February 1998 and chief executive officer until August 2001.

Before he founded Apollo Education Group, Inc. Dr. Sperling was a professor of Humanities at San Jose State University, where he was also the director of the Right to Read Project and the director of the NSF Cooperative College-School Science Program in Economics. He has also held faculty positions at the University of Maryland, Ohio State University and Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Sperling was honored as Arizona's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995 and in 1999 he was named one of the top eight entrepreneurs by Businessweek Magazine. In addition to his work with Apollo Education Group, Inc. Dr. Sperling has been a long time supporter of research in the areas of the environment, Alzheimer's, women's health and cancer.

Dr. Sperling was an Ehrman Scholar and earned his Ph.D. in economic history from Cambridge University. He holds a master's in English history from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree from Reed College.


Tim Slottow

President, University of Phoenix


Tim Slottow assumed his duties as the seventh president of University of Phoenix in June 2014. Mr. Slottow’s distinguished career spans 30 years at public and private organizations throughout the United States.

Before joining University of Phoenix, he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Michigan. Mr. Slottow’s work there helped the institution fulfill its academic mission and strategy on behalf of 61,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff members.

Prior to his work at the University of Michigan, Mr. Slottow oversaw strategic business planning and finance as assistant vice president at Amtrak in Washington, D.C. Before joining Amtrak, he worked as a director of policy and planning for the city of Seattle, where he supervised financial policy development, capital budgeting and long-term strategic financial planning. Mr. Slottow also worked at Accenture, where he specialized in improving financial management functions at large companies.

Mr. Slottow earned a master’s degree in business administration from University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley.

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