Board of Directors
Dr. John G. Sperling is the founder of Apollo Education Group and is regarded as one of the pioneers of the proprietary education industry. Dr. Sperling was named Chairman Emeritus in December 2012. Dr. Sperling previously served as Executive Chairman of the Board since 2008 and prior to that, served as Acting Executive Chairman since January 2006. Dr. Sperling President of Apollo Education Group until February 1998, Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Education Group until August 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Directors until June 2004. Prior to his involvement with Apollo Education Group, Inc., from 1961 to 1973, Dr. Sperling was a professor of Humanities at San Jose State University where he was the Director of the Right to Read Project and the Director of the NSF Cooperative College-School Science Program in Economics. At various times from 1955 to 1961, Dr. Sperling was a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, and Northern Illinois University. Dr. Sperling received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, a Masters of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College. Dr. Sperling is the father of Peter V. Sperling.
Peter V. Sperling has been with Apollo Education Group since 1983. Mr. Sperling was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2012. Mr. Sperling served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors from June 2008 until he was appointed Chairman. Mr. Sperling was a Senior Vice President of Apollo Education Group from June 1998 to December 2007 and Secretary of Apollo Education Group from June 2006 to December 2007. Mr. Sperling was Vice President of Administration from 1992 to June 1998 and Secretary and Treasurer of Apollo Education Group from 1988 to January 2003. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Sperling was Director of Operations at Apollo Education Corporation. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Sperling was Director of Management Information Services of Apollo Education Group. Mr. Sperling is also the Chairman and co-founder of FuzeBox, Inc., a telecommunications services corporation, and on the board of directors of Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation and RingRevenue Mr. Sperling received his Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Sperling is the son of John G. Sperling.
Gregory W. Cappelli has served as Chief Executive Officer since August 2012 and as Co-Chief Executive Officer since April 2009. He has also served as Chairman of Apollo Global since its inception in October 2007, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Apollo Education Group since June 2007. Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Cappelli served as Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Assistant to the Executive Chairman. Before joining Apollo Education Group, Mr. Cappelli spent ten years as a research analyst for Credit Suisse, where he most recently served as Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst. Mr. Cappelli founded the Credit Suisse Global Services Team. Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Cappelli was Vice President and Senior Research Analyst at ABN AMRO. Mr. Cappelli is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University. He is a former long-time board member of Everybody Wins! New York. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University.
Terri C. Bishop joined the board of directors of Apollo Education Group in 2009 and was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board in 2012. She was Executive Vice President, Integrated Academic Strategies and Sr. Advisor to the CEO from November 2010 until she was appointed Vice Chairman. Ms. Bishop has had a long and successful history with Apollo Education Group, serving in many capacities since 1982. During that time she has served in the areas of government and public affairs, communications, curriculum and product development and institutional research. She was the founding director of University of Phoenix Online, providing oversight during its first ten years of start-up and development. She serves on the board of the Latino Policy Coalition, a national nonprofit consortium of the country’s leading Latino research organizations and scholars. She also serves as a Governor-appointed Commissioner of the California Student Aid Commission. Ms. Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a Masters of Arts in Human Relations and Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.
Matthew Carter, Jr. has been a director of Apollo Education Group since December 2012 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Finance Committee. Since 2010, Mr. Carter has been President of Sprint Nextel Corporation's Global Wholesale & Emerging Solutions business unit, which provides platform solutions serving a broad range of industries and customers in over 165 countries. Prior to his current role, Mr. Carter served as president of Boost Mobile, part of Sprint's prepaid group from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he served as senior vice president of Base Management at Sprint from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining Sprint, Mr. Carter served in senior marketing roles at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Leap Wireless International, Inc., Royal Bank of Canada and BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Carter also serves on the Board of Directors of USG Corporation. Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Richard H. Dozer has been a director of Apollo Education Group since December 2011 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Until 2013, Mr. Dozer served as Chairman of GenSpring Family Office -Phoenix, a family-focused wealth management firm. Prior to this role, Mr. Dozer served as principal of CDK Partners, a real estate development and investment company, from 2006 until 2008. Mr. Dozer served as President of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a Major League Baseball franchise, from its inception in 1995 until 2006, and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Phoenix Suns, a National Basketball Association franchise, from 1987 until 1995. Early in his career, he was an audit manager with Arthur Andersen. Mr. Dozer currently serves on the boards of directors of two other publicly traded companies: Swift Corporation and Viad Corporation. Mr. Dozer is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance and Compensation Committees of Swift Corporation, and a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees of Viad Corporation. Mr. Dozer also serves on the boards of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive and Human Resources Committee, and Meridian Bank, where he serves as Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Dozer is presently on many other boards of directors, including Teach for America - Phoenix, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and Greater Phoenix Leadership. Mr. Dozer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Arizona and is a former certified public accountant.
Dr. Roy A. Herberger, Jr. has been a director of Apollo Education Group since June 2007 and is Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee Dr. Herberger is President Emeritus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, having served as the school’s President from 1989 until 2004. From 1982 until 1989, he served as Dean of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) and director of The International Business Education and Research Program (IBEAR), also at USC. Dr. Herberger currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and on the Board of Trustees of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Herberger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas, Austin. He also holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dr. Ann Kirschner has been a director of Apollo Education Group since November 2007 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Since 2006, Dr. Kirschner has been the University Dean of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. Dr. Kirschner began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton University. From 1991 to 1994, and from 2001 to 2006, Dr. Kirschner served as president of Comma Communications, a consulting company specializing in higher education and technology, where she focused on strategic planning for public and private universities and education companies. Her career as an entrepreneur in media and technology has included founding Fathom, an online knowledge network, in association with Columbia University. She also co-created NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL com for the National Football League. She also serves on the board of directors of Public Agenda.. Dr. Kirschner is also the author of SALA’s GIFT, the story of her mother’s wartime rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps. A Whiting Fellow in the Humanities, she received a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University, a Masters in Arts from the University of Virginia and a Bachelors of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Robert S. Murley has been a director of Apollo Education Group since June 2011 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee, Finance Committee and Special Litigation Committee, and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Murley is a Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse, LLC. From 1975 to April 2012, Mr. Murley was employed by Credit Suisse and its predecessors. In 2005, he was appointed Chairman of Investment Banking in the Americas. Prior to that time, Mr. Murley headed the Global Industrial and Services Group within the Investment Banking Division, as well as the Chicago investment banking office. He was named a Managing Director in 1984 and appointed a Vice Chairman in 1998. Mr. Murley serves as a Trustee of Princeton University, is Chairman of the Board of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, is a Trustee of the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, Illinois, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is an independent director of Stone Energy. Mr. Murley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science
Manuel F. Rivelo has been a director of Apollo Education Group since March 2009 and is a member of the Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and Special Litigation Committee. Since October 2011, Mr. Rivelo has been employed by F5, currently as Executive Vice President of Security and Strategic Solutions. Mr. Rivelo is responsible for launching and driving new market adjacencies for F5. Prior to joining F5, Mr. Rivelo was employed by Cisco Systems, Inc., an information technology provider, since 1992, most recently as Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Engineering Systems and Operations group. While at Cisco, Mr. Rivelo oversaw multiple businesses and drove technical and solution requirements for Cisco customers of all sizes. He was also responsible for operational excellence, standardization around processes and tools, enabling new business models, and strategic communications. Mr. Rivelo holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Darby E. Shupp has been a director of Apollo Education Group since March 2011. Since 2005, Ms. Shupp has been employed by Exeter East, LLC, which is a holding company wholly-owned by Dr. John Sperling, Apollo’s Chairman Emeritus. Ms. Shupp serves as an officer and/or director of various entities affiliated with Dr. Sperling and his investment company Moral Compass Corporation, including Arcadia Biosciences Inc. Ms. Shupp previously worked for Deloitte LLP as an Audit Manager serving clients in the business services, manufacturing, and real estate industries. Ms. Shupp holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Margaret Spellings has been a director of Apollo Education Group since June 2012 and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Spellings is President and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company, a public policy consulting firm founded in 2009. She is also a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of its Forum for Policy Innovation where she oversees the Chamber’s three non-profit organizations: the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW). She served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009 and led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), as well as served as White House Domestic Policy Advisor, from 2001 to 2005. Prior to her service in the White House, Ms. Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor George W. Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and has served in key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature. In higher education, Ms. Spellings launched a national policy debate and action plan to improve accessibility, affordability and accountability in our nation’s colleges and universities. As the U.S. Secretary of Education, Ms. Spellings initiated international outreach and collaboration by leading delegations on behalf of the President of the United States as well as overseeing the development and implementation of international education agreements with such countries as China, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Spellings serves on the Boards of several funds in the American Funds family managed by the Capital Research and Management Company. She is a member of the ConnectEDU Board of Directors, as well as America’s Promise Alliance, The Broad Foundation and Special Olympics. She is also a member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council and The Aspen Institute Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process. Ms. Spellings holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Houston.
Allen R. Weiss has been a director of Apollo Education Group since March 2012 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Weiss retired from The Walt Disney Corporation in November 2011, after nearly 40 years of employment with the company. Most recently, Mr. Weiss served as president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Prior to serving as president of worldwide operations, he served as president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He began his career as a cast member at Walt Disney World, and rose through the ranks to become one of Disney’s most senior leaders. Mr. Weiss serves as a member of numerous civic, community and business groups, including the board of directors of Dick’s Sporting Goods; the governor’s council of Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission; the advisory board of directors of SunTrust Bank, Central Florida; the board of trustees of the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research; and the advisory board of Give Kids the World. Mr. Weiss is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, and received his Master of Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.