Grand Canyon Education Names New CEO

Former CEO and Founder Brent Richardson Assumes New Role as Executive


Jun 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from Grand Canyon Education, Inc.

    PHOENIX, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (GCE),
 the holding company for Grand Canyon University, announced today that Brian
 Mueller, former President of Apollo Group, the holding company for the
 University of Phoenix, has been named Chief Executive Officer effective
     Former CEO Brent Richardson, GCE's Chief Executive Officer for the past
 four years, will assume the new position of Executive Chairman of the
 Board. Richardson and Mueller will work together to develop long-term
 strategy and develop new programs for the University.
     "We continually seek the best possible senior executives in order to
 improve our program offerings and provide the best educational experience
 for our students," said Richardson. "We are delighted that Brian is joining
 our leadership team with his wealth of experience in higher education and
 success while running the University of Phoenix."
     "I'm excited about the opportunity to join this dynamic management team
 and be part of a traditional university that will serve as a model for the
 future," said Mueller. "It is a university that was founded on strong
 ethics and values and I look forward to helping build on their success."
     Mueller has served as President and a director of Apollo Group since
 January 2006 and has been with Apollo Group since 1987. He previously
 served as Chief Operating Officer of Apollo Group from December 2005 to
 January 2006, Chief Executive Officer of UPX Online from March 2002 to
 November 2005, and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of UPX
 Online from May 1997 to March 2002. He is 53 years old.
     About Grand Canyon University
     Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is one of Arizona's leading
 higher learning institutions. Based in Phoenix, the regionally accredited,
 private, non-denominational Christian university offers online and
 campus-based bachelor's and master's degree programs through the Ken
 Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and
 Health Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts. With an enrollment of
 approximately 14,750 students at the end of 2007, GCU emphasizes individual
 attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the
 working professional. For more information visit

SOURCE Grand Canyon Education, Inc.