Statement by Peter Sperling, Chairman, and Greg Cappelli, Chief Executive Officer, on the Passing of John G. Sperling, Ph.D.,

  Statement by Peter Sperling, Chairman, and Greg Cappelli, Chief Executive
  Officer, on the Passing of John G. Sperling, Ph.D., Founder, Apollo
  Education Group and University of Phoenix

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- August 24, 2014

“We are saddened to announce that our founder, Dr. John Sperling, passed away
on Friday, August 22, 2014. Dr. Sperling’s vision, pioneering spirit and
boundless resolve to improve the world through accessible higher education for
working adult students provided a roadmap for families, nations and economies
to evolve, advance, grow and prosper. Dr. Sperling’s indomitable ideas and
life’s work served as a catalyst for innovations widely accepted as having
made higher education more accessible to adult students.

“As we said last year in a ceremony held in his honor: John Sperling never
backed down from a fight. As a boy, he fought sickness and poverty. As a young
man, he fought for workers’ rights. Later, he championed the cause to help
students who were ignored by the traditional higher education system. Finally,
when he founded University of Phoenix, John Sperling challenged anyone who
tried to stop him. As others have said before, ‘Anything worth having is worth
fighting for.’ John Sperling lived these words every day of his life. Most
importantly, he empowered those around him to do the same. His legacy, and
ours, is to continue that fight.”

For more information, visit www.apollo.edu.

Contact:

Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Media Contact:
Ryan Rauzon, 602-254-0086
media@apollo.edu
 
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