Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) today announced that former United
States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will join the company’s
board of directors.
"As a leading national expert on education, public policy and the impact
both have on the U.S. economy, Margaret is uniquely qualified to help
advance Apollo Group’s mission and purpose,” said John Sperling, founder
and executive chairman of Apollo Group. "Margaret has worked tirelessly
throughout her career to improve accessibility and accountability in our
nation’s colleges and universities, and we are fortunate to have her
join the Apollo board.”
Currently, Ms. Spellings serves as president and CEO of Margaret
Spellings and Company, a public policy consultancy firm. In addition,
Ms. Spellings is a strategic advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
and serves as president of its U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation,
overseeing the Chamber’s nonprofit educational organizations and
Ms. Spellings served as U.S. secretary of education from 2005 to 2009,
managing all aspects of the Department of Education and its operations,
including a budget of nearly $70 billion and a staff of more than 10,000
employees and contractors. As a member of the White House Cabinet, Ms.
Spellings led the implementation of the historic No Child Left Behind
Act (NCLB), a groundbreaking national initiative designed to provide
enhanced accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public
Prior to serving as secretary of education, Ms. Spellings served as
White House domestic policy advisor, with responsibility for managing
the president’s domestic policy agenda. In this role, Ms. Spellings
oversaw the development of a number of key policy achievements,
including NCLB, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
and numerous other initiatives on health and human services,
transportation, labor, justice and housing.
Previously in her career, Ms. Spellings served as senior advisor to the
governor of Texas, associate executive director, Texas Association of
School Boards, executive director of the governor’s committee on public
education and director of special projects at Austin Community College.
Ms. Spellings earned a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate
degree from the University of Houston, and was named Distinguished
Alumna by the same institution in 2006.
About Apollo Group, Inc.
Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education
providers and has been in the education business for more than 35 years.
The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and
services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master's and
doctoral levels through its subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo
Global, Institute for Professional Development and College for Financial
Planning. The Company's programs and services are provided in 41 states
and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Europe, as
well as online throughout the world.
For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call
(800) 990-APOL or visit the Company's website at http://www.apollogrp.edu.