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John Sperling, University of Phoenix Founder, Dies at 93

John Sperling, who battled for accreditation and respect for the University of Phoenix, the upstart for-profit college that he founded in the 1970s to expand higher education to working adults, has died. He was 93.

He died on Aug. 22 at a hospital in the San Francisco Bay area, according to a statement on Apollo Education Group Inc.’s website. No cause was given.