Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 1, 2021

Grand Canyon Education, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)






(State or other Jurisdiction of

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)


2600 W. Camelback Road

Phoenix, Arizona


(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (602) 247-4400

(Former name or former address if changed since last report.)

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Trading Symbol(s)

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Common Stock


Nasdaq Global Select Market

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Joe Mildenhall, Chief Information Officer stepped down from his position as Chief Information Officer effective July 1, 2021. Mr. Mildenhall will remain with the Company as an Executive Director. The Board of Directors of the Company has appointed Dilek Marsh, Chief Technology Officer and Kathy J. Claypatch, Chief Information Officer.

Ms. Marsh previously served in the position of Chief Data Officer since July 2018, served in the position of Executive Vice President since July 2012 and Senior Vice President since August 2008. Ms. Marsh has been in higher education for the last 20 years. Ms. Marsh has served in information technology roles since 1999, including software development project management, business process design and business analytics. Ms. Marsh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bogazici University in Turkey, a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Arizona State University and a Master of Business administration in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Claypatch previously served in the position of Chief Technology Officer since October 2012.  From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Claypatch spent time in the financial industry and served as the Chief Information Officer for Apriva, and the Vice President of Information Technology for TSYS Acquiring Solutions. She worked with higher education from 2002 to 2006 at Apollo Education Group, Inc., where she was responsible for growing the information technology infrastructure to support the online education environment and its rapid growth. Ms. Claypatch has over 30 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience spanning from startups to Fortune 500 companies.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


Date: July 6, 2021


/s/ Daniel E. Bachus

Daniel E. Bachus

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)