|[August 24, 2014]
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
PHOENIX --(Business Wire)--
"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.
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