Brian E. Mueller has been serving as Grand Canyon University’s CEO since 2008, as director since 2009, as president since 2012 and as the chairman of the board since 2017. He is president of the Grand Canyon University Foundation, which was formed to benefit public charities, and president of GCU Community Fund, which provides seed funding for entrepreneurial ventures initiated by GCU students. For over two decades, Mueller was employed by Apollo Education Group, Inc., a for-profit postsecondary education company and the parent company of the University of Phoenix. He was also a professor at Concordia University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University. Mueller’s past experience working for universities focused on both traditional students and working adults, along with his day-to-day leadership and intimate knowledge of GCU’s business and operations, provide the board of directors with both industry-wide and company-specific experience and expertise.
Grand Canyon Education, Inc.
GCE is a shared services partner dedicated to serving colleges and universities. GCE’s leadership team has been leading educational transformation since 1983, and supports partner institutions’ students through operational functions that achieve organizational growth and student success. GCE can design programs that serve your diverse student body on campus or online at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral program levels.
These functions support the complete student life cycle including strategic enrollment management, academic counseling, financial services, learning management system support, technical support, student information system support, compliance, marketing, human resources, classroom operations, curriculum development, faculty recruitment and training, among others.
Grand Canyon Education, Inc. shares the common goal of each partner to improve lives through higher education and to champion student success to ensure the legacy of the institution for generations to come.
To provide innovative educational learning solutions that promote student success and institutional growth.
About Our Partner
Grand Canyon University (GCU) is Arizona’s premier, nonprofit Christian university committed to making a private education affordable. Established in 1949, GCU has become an unprecedented success story and is defined as a leader in education and an anchor institution in its community.
In the early 2000s, GCU embarked on a new journey to offer online education. Through this effort, GCU was able to generate the capital necessary to improve curriculum, enhance online infrastructure and expand its campus—delivering education for both working professionals and traditional students.
In the last 10 years, GCU has benefited thousands of students, families and employees, the neighboring inner-city community and the businesses that covet its graduates. This structure also created a model that allowed GCU to freeze on-campus tuition for 10 consecutive years, making higher education affordable to all socioeconomic classes.
GCU has been able to invest over $1 billion dollars in campus facilities, classroom buildings, full-time faculty and programmatic expansions in high-demand areas such as STEM, including engineering, computer science, computer programming and information technology.
Today, GCU helps over 19,000* on-campus students and 70,000 online students find their purpose and prepare for a career that makes a difference. We offer over 200 academic programs including 150 online academic programs.
As an anchor institution, GCU leads initiatives such as United by Purpose alongside many partners to ignite future prosperity in the surrounding area. GCU enterprises were developed, including the GCU Golf Course, GCU Hotel, Canyon 49 Grill, Grand Canyon Beverage Company (GCBC), Canyon Promotions, the Student Ad Agency and more, to help revitalize the community and serve as real-world learning environments for our students.
GCU is dedicated to innovating higher education and transforming the community to serve the greater good and contribute to the future. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (GCE) is excited support this amazing growth and help GCU prepare for the next chapter of their incredible journey to help students find their purpose.
GCU selected GCE to partner as an online program provider to support GCU’s mission, students, faculty and staff. By selecting GCE, GCU is assured of furthering its mission through the companies’ complimentary visions and ethical standards and the efficient use of strategic resources that support teaching and assessment of student learning.
*Fall 2017GCU's Website
Are you interested in a rewarding career supporting and innovating for an educational institution? Jobs at GCE include admissions counselors, marketing, human resources, accounting and many more!
At GCE, we are pleased to offer rewarding careers for professionals with a variety of skillsets. These roles help change lives daily and support our partner in their educational goals. We are committed to ethical values and practices, with an emphasis on building a supportive work environment and offering job advancement opportunities to top-performing employees.
GCE employees enjoy the following benefits and perks:
- Affordable benefits
- Tuition assistance
- Paid time off
- Retirement/investment options
- Discounts on partner swag, events and more
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Brian E. Mueller
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Board of Directors
David J. Johnson has been serving as a member of Grand Canyon University’s board of directors since 2008. For nearly a decade, Johnson served as CEO and chairman of the KinderCare Learning Centers Board of Directors, a for-profit provider of early childhood education and care services. His career includes roles as president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Red Lion Hotels Corp., a hotel company; a general partner of Hellman & Friedman, a private equity investment firm; president, COO and director of Dillingham Holdings, a diversified company; and president and CEO of Cal Gas Corp., a principal subsidiary of Dillingham Holdings. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Jack A. Henry has been serving as a member of Grand Canyon University’s board of directors since 2008. Henry has served as the managing director of Sierra Blanca Ventures, LLC, a private investment and advisory firm, since 2000. For over three decades, he worked as a certified public accountant for Arthur Andersen, retiring in 2000 as the managing partner of the Phoenix office. Mr. Henry currently serves on the board of directors and is chair of the audit committee of TPI Composites, Inc., a manufacturer of composite wind blades. He’s also 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. Henry received a bachelor’s in business administration and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Kevin F. Warren has been serving as a member of Grand Canyon University’s board of directors since 2012. Warren has served as a senior officer for the Minnesota Vikings since 2005 and currently serves as the club's COO. Prior to joining the Vikings, he worked with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig from 2003 - 2005. Warren served as senior vice president of business operations & general counsel for the Detroit Lions from 2001 - 2003. He’s also worked with the St. Louis Rams and served as vice president of the Football Administration and vice president of Player Development & Football Legal Counsel from 1997 - 2000. Warren earned his bachelor's in business administration from GCU and was inducted into the GCU Athletics Hall of Fame. He earned his MBA from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.
Sara R. Dial has served as a member of Grand Canyon University’s board of directors since 2013 and as the lead independent director since 2017. Dial has served as president and CEO of Sara Dial & Associates, an economic development consulting firm specializing in site selection and government relations, since 1996. She has led 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. Dial also served as the chief executive of Social Venture Partners Arizona, a philanthropic foundation using a venture capital approach to giving, among other positions. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.