Dr. John G. Sperling, is the founder, the Acting Executive Chairman and a director of the Board of Apollo Group. Dr. Sperling was President of Apollo Group from its inception until February 1998, Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Group until August 2001, and Chairman of the Board until June 2004. Prior to his involvement with Apollo Group, 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 Doctor of Philosophy from Cambridge University, a Master of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College. Dr. Sperling is the father of Peter V. Sperling. Sperling is survived by his longtime companion Joan Hawthorne; his former wife, Virginia Sperling; his son, Peter; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; and two grandchildren, Max and Eve.