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 immediately. 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 www.gcu.edu.
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