Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Brian Mueller

    Brian E. Mueller

    Chairman of the Board
    Brian E. Mueller has been serving as our Chief Executive Officer since July 1, 2008, as a director since March 2009 and as the President of Grand Canyon University since September 1, 2012. Mr. Mueller has been serving as the President of the Grand Canyon University Foundation, a foundation formed to benefit public charities, since its formation in 2010 and as the President of LOPE Kingdom Fund, an entity formed to provide seed funding for entrepreneurial ventures initiated by Grand Canyon University students, since its formation in 2014. From 1987 to 2008, Mr. Mueller was employed by Apollo Education Group, Inc., a for-profit, postsecondary education company and the parent company of the University of Phoenix, serving between January 2006 and June 2008 as its President and a Director. Mr. Mueller previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Apollo Education Group, Inc. from December 2005 to January 2006, as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Phoenix Online, a unit of the University of Phoenix, from March 2002 to November 2005, and as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the University of Phoenix Online from May 1997 to March 2002. From 1987 to May 1997, Mr. Mueller held several positions in operations management for Apollo Education Group, Inc. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Mueller was a professor at Concordia University. Mr. Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Arts in Education degree from Concordia University. We believe that Mr. Mueller’s past experience working for both universities focused on traditional students and working adults, as well as his day to day leadership and intimate knowledge of our business and operations, provide the Board of Directors with both industry-wide and Company-specific experience and expertise.
    • Sara Dial

      Sara R. Dial

      Sara R. Dial has been serving as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2013. Ms. Dial has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sara Dial & Associates, an economic development consulting firm specializing in site selection and government relations since 1996. She has led high profile economic development initiatives in Arizona including the creation and implementation of an urban revitalization model, the "Discovery Triangle" and the restructuring of Arizona's statewide economic development organization under Governor Brewer, resulting in the creation of the agency now known as the Arizona Commerce Authority. From 2002 through 2003, Ms. Dial also served as the Chief Executive of Social Venture Partners Arizona, a philanthropic foundation using a venture capital approach to giving. In 2004, Ms. Dial was elected as Chairman of the Board of Social Venture Partners Arizona. From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Dial served as the director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, having previously served as the finance director from 1991 to 1993. Prior to her work in the public sector, Ms. Dial worked in the investment banking industry at Rauscher Pierces Refsnes, Boettcher and Company and Kemper Securities Group, focusing on municipal finance. In 2019, she became a NACD Board Leadership Fellow on behalf of her commitment to exemplary corporate governance. Currently, Ms. Dial is a director for Mobile Mini, Inc., a publicly traded provider of portable storage solutions, and she also sits on the local and national advisory boards of BBVA Compass Bank. Ms. Dial was previously a member of the board of trustees at Seattle Pacific University. Ms. Dial is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations. We believe Ms. Dial's extensive experience with government, higher education and economic development expertise provides a tremendous resource to our Board of Directors and management team, particularly in the areas of government relations, finance and corporate governance.
      Independent Director
      Lead Director
    • Jack A. Henry

      Jack A. Henry

      Jack A. Henry has been serving as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2008. Since 2000, Mr. Henry has served as the Managing Director of Sierra Blanca Ventures, LLC, a private investment and advisory firm. From 1966 to 2000, Mr. Henry worked as a certified public accountant for Arthur Andersen, a national accounting firm, retiring in 2000 as the Managing Partner of the Phoenix, Arizona office. Mr. Henry currently serves on the boards of directors and audit committees of several private companies and is President of the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Henry received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. We believe that Mr. Henry’s extensive experience with public and financial accounting matters for corporate organizations, as well as experience as a consultant to and director of other public companies, provide significant insight and expertise to our Board of Directors.
    • Chevy Humphrey

      Chevy Humphrey

      Ms. Humphrey has been President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, one of the nation’s premier science and education centers, since 2005 and is the first African-American to lead a Science Center in the United States. During her tenure, Ms. Humphrey has secured numerous national competitive and prestigious grants for the Arizona Science Center from organizations such as the National Institutes for Health and the National Science Foundation, and has been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO and by the Women’s National Basketball Association as a Visionary Leader. Ms. Humphrey currently serves as a board member and Vice Chair of the American Alliance of Museums, an organization that supports museums, zoos, science centers and similar organizations, and as a board member of College Success Arizona, an organization focused on increasing the post-secondary attainment rates of Arizona students, and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, an organization that advances civics education, civic engagement and civil discourse. Ms. Humphrey received a Bachelor of Business degree with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University with specializations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship/Innovation, and is pursuing her Doctorate of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.
    • David J. Johnson

      David J. Johnson

      David J. Johnson has been serving as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2008. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Johnson served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., a for-profit provider of early childhood education and care services, and from 1991 to 1996, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a hotel company, each of which were portfolio companies of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Prior to that time, Mr. Johnson served as a general partner of Hellman & Friedman, a private equity investment firm, from 1989 to 1991, as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Dillingham Holdings, a diversified company, from 1986 to 1988, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Gas Corporation, a principal subsidiary of Dillingham Holdings, which was also a portfolio company of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Johnson currently serves as a director of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a hospitality company. Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. We believe that Mr. Johnson’s extensive experience as a chief executive officer of other companies provides a tremendous resource to our Board of Directors and management team, particularly in the areas of operations, finance, and corporate governance.
    • Lisa Graham Keegan

      Lisa Graham Keegan

      Since 2001, Ms. Keegan has served as the Principal Partner at The Keegan Company, an education policy consulting firm, where she leads numerous projects, writes, and speaks on critical issues in American education. From 1991 to 2001, Ms. Keegan served as an Arizona elected official, first in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, where she chaired the House Education Committee and oversaw the K-12, community college and university education budgets on the Appropriations Committee, and later as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2001, where she oversaw Arizona’s public school system and directed the state’s Department of Education. In 2000 and 2008, respectively, Ms. Keegan served as education advisor to the John McCain campaigns for President. Ms. Keegan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Masters’ Degree from Arizona State University.