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.

William Pepicello, Ph.D.
President, University of Phoenix


Dr. William Pepicello became University of Phoenix's acting president in July 2006 and was formally appointed the sixth president of the University in September 2006. In addition to his leadership responsibilities at University of Phoenix, President Pepicello serves as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, a non-governmental organization that grants accreditations to public and private schools and districts and has been improving schools for the last 100 years. He also serves on the Commission for Postsecondary Education under the Office of the Governor for the State of Arizona and is a member of the advisory board of the Greater Phoenix Boys and Girls Clubs.

In 1995, President Pepicello came to University of Phoenix, where he served as the first dean of the College of General and Professional Studies. He subsequently held the position of vice president of Academic Affairs until 2000. After leaving the University briefly to serve as the president of the University of Sarasota, President Pepicello returned to University of Phoenix and became the founding dean of the School of Advanced Studies. In November of 2003 he was named the vice provost for Academic Affairs and in January 2006, President Pepicello was promoted to provost of the University.

Accomplished in the areas of classical languages, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, folklore and humor studies, President Pepicello has held faculty positions at the University of Delaware, Temple University, and University of the Pacific. He has also served in an administrative capacity, including department chair for classics at Temple University and regional dean for Southern California for National University.

President Pepicello earned his bachelor's degree in classics from Gannon University in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. He holds both master's and doctorate degrees in linguistics from Brown University.

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