Board of Trustees

Brian Mueller

Brian Mueller

Brian E. Mueller joined Grand Canyon University in July 2008 to usher in a new era for the institution. Since that time, Grand Canyon University has transformed from a small, private, liberal arts, Christian-based university to a thriving center of teaching, learning and scholarship with an abundance of extra-curricular activities to enrich and enhance the academic and life experience of our community's future Christian leaders. Mr. Mueller envisions Grand Canyon University as not just an institution for higher learning, but as an instrument for change to bring more highly educated, critically thinking, and entrepreneurially minded graduates in to our community.
Mr. Mueller has a wealth of higher education expertise, including in the areas of student recruitment, marketing, enrollment, admissions, student retention, financial aid and academic affairs. Mr. Mueller earned a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia University and began his higher education career as a professor in the Concordia University System. Immediately prior to joining Grand Canyon University, Mr. Mueller was president of Apollo Group, Inc., the parent company of the University of Phoenix. He also served in a variety of positions with the University of Phoenix Online, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer and senior vice president.

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Fred Miller, M.D., PH.D., CMD, is currently a Medical Director at Bridgeway Health Solutions in Tempe, Arizona. He is a dynamic, results-driven physician with a proven background of 31 years of both clinical and administrative roles offering leadership and direction to design-focused, effective plans and strategies to support customer health care needs and organizational goals. He is a collaborative leader working closely with medical and legal professionals to resolve complex issues in the clinical, medical administrative and forensic services arenas. Also, Dr. Miller has achieved success increasing revenues and reducing overall costs, while mitigating and managing risks in high-risk environments. Dr. Miller received his bachelor's from Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, his PH.D. and Master of Science from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Miller's teaching experience includes being an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and teaching at Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and Middlesex Community College in Middlesex, New Jersey. During his 30+ years of medical experience, some of Dr. Miller's experience includes being the Chief Medical Director for Pima County, the Medical Director at Posada Del Sol and the Director of the Emergency Department at Paradise Valley Hospital.

Will Gonzalez

Will Gonzalez

Will Gonzalez has been with the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office since 1996. His work as a community prosecutor has produced the largest court fine in the City of Phoenix Municipal Court's history against a slumlord in the amount of $377,500.
In his assigned neighborhood of Palomino, Mr. Gonzalez assisted in developing a business alliance, inter-faith coalition, block watch and a neighborhood revitalization committee whose strategy brought about a $3.6 million Boys & Girls Club facility for the community. He has assisted other prosecutors, school districts and cities in developing community strategies for their neighborhoods and has presented at state and regional conferences for the Arizona Department of Education, the State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council. He has also presented at national conferences for the Department of Justice, the National District Attorney Association and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. He is a two-time recipient of the City of Phoenix Excellence Award, an active member of the Latino Institute and founding member of the Maricopa County RegionalHomeless Court Task Force. He is also a member on the Vision Team for the Arizona Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers. He serves as Chairman for the Community Board of Directors for Grand Canyon University and also teaches for the Business College. He is also the Co-Chair for the Paradise Valley Community College President Circle for the Maricopa County Community Colleges. He attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas, where he obtained his Juris Doctor. He is also a graduate of the Ken Blanchard College of Business, obtaining a Master of Science in Leadership, and he attended Thunderbird, School of Global Management, obtaining a Certificate in Global Leadership.

Dr. Jim Rice

Dr. Jim Rice

Dr. Jim Rice is a retired Superintendent of the Alhambra School District, a culturally diverse district serving more than 15,000 students in preschool through eighth grades. He has been in the district his entire career, serving as teacher, principal, assistant superintendent for academic services and assistant superintendent for human resources. Not only has Dr. Rice worked in Alhambra for nearly 36 years, he is a former student, graduating from eighth grade at Andalucia School.

Grand Canyon University is so proud to honor Dr. Rice as the 2007 distinguished alumni. Dr. Rice received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Grand Canyon College in 1971. His Master andDoctorate Degrees are from Arizona State University in 1975 and 1994, respectively. He has dedicatedhimself through servant leadership to educating the next generations. His work will allow children to dream and to aspire - leaving a legacy for the future that is endless in its possibilities. Dr. Rice has been recognized for his exceptional leadership including being named Arizona's Distinguished Administrator in 2002, receiving the Willis J. Ray Volunteer Award from Grand CanyonUniversity in 2003 and receiving an Award of Excellence for Contributions to Public Education from theArizona School Public Relations Association in 2004. Dr. Rice was inducted into the ASU College of EducationHall of Fame in October 2005, received the ASA Administrator of the Year - Superintendent Division in 2006 and was most recently named Arizona's Superintendent of the Year in December 2006.

Dr. Rice has presented throughout the state and nation on strategic initiatives and significant topics in education. What makes Dr. Rice's contributions even more significant is his ability to lead the Alhambra District with its many challenges. Eighty-seven percent of Alhambra's students receive free or reduced-price food services. Fifty-one percent are English language learners, and 61 languages are spoken in this district. Despite these demographics, this top-rated district is known for its high expectations, exceptional student achievement and outstanding educational programs. Alhambra School District has received numerous state and national awards.

Don Andorfer

Don Andorfer

Don Andorfer joined Grand Canyon University in the spring of 2006 as Interim President inthe effort to help the university prepare for its accreditation review by the HigherLearning Commission in 2007. Under his leadership, the university expects to rise to newlevels of excellence in its academic standards.

Prior to joining the university, Mr. Andorder served as President of Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 18 years from 1985 to 2003 and served in various management positions since 1977. He continues to act as a consultant to his predecessor at Indiana Institute of Technology. From 1960 to 1970, Mr. Andorfer served as a full-time faculty member at the International Business College (Fort Wayne, Indiana), and then from 1970 to 1977 as Dean and Director of the International Junior College of Business (Fort Wayne, Indiana).Mr. Andorfer has actively participated as a consultant and evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association for the past 15 years. During that time, he occupied a three-year term on the Higher Learning Commission's Academic Review Committee. Mr. Andorfer and his wife, Mary Janet, continue to play an active role in their community. They recently chaired a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million with St. Aloysius Catholic Church for its elementary school and new community center. He has served on numerous boards and is the recipient of several honors and awards. To name just two, he received the Sagamore of Wabash Award (Indiana's highest citizen award) and another naming him the "Citizen of the Year" by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in 2003, along with two other university presidents. At the conclusion of Mr. Andorfer's service at the Indiana Institute of Technology in 2003, "Andorfer Commons" (the newest and largest building on the campus) was dedicated in his honor,remembering him as a man of character and excellence. Mr. Andorfer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master of Arts degree in Education from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana). In addition, he has completed graduate work in School Finance and Administration.

Executive Team

Brian Mueller

President and Brian Mueller Chief Executive Officer

Brian Mueller joined Grand Canyon University in July 2008 to usher in a new era for the institution - from an entrepreneurial venture to a market-supported private university. Taking the successes he experienced as a teacher and coach at the high school and small college level as well as his 22 years of experience at the Apollo Group (the parent company of University of Phoenix), Mueller has transformed GCU from a financially-troubled university into a $2 billion institution that has become a driving force in higher education today.

As the university's president and CEO, Mueller is progressive and anticipatory in an industry that is slow in adapting to change. Since Mueller joined GCU, the university has experienced unprecedented growth. Enrollment on the Phoenix campus has jumped from less than 1,000 to 16,000, while online enrollment has gone from 12,500 to 55,000. Mueller has also overseen a $600 million expansion of the campus through new technologies, classrooms, laboratories, athletic facilities and student amenities, with another $400 million scheduled for the next four years.  

These efforts to create a better educational environment have been accomplished at no additional cost to students or taxpayers in Arizona. By creating a hybrid education model that relies on operational efficiencies and fiscal responsibility on its ground and online campuses, Mueller has been able to freeze tuition on GCU's Phoenix campus for seven straight years. That ensures one of the GCU president's highest priorities - that a high-quality, private, Christian education is affordable to all socioeconomic classes. GCU awards approximately $140 million in institutional aid to students every year and remains among the most affordable private universities in the country.
Academically, Mueller has led a reinvention of GCU's programs, aligning the school's curriculum with high-growth fields such as computer science, information technology and engineering, among others, while continuing to produce graduates with the high character and servant leadership the university is known for. The university now has eight colleges and offers more than 160 degree programs.  

Another emphasis for Mueller has been his five-point plan to revitalize west Phoenix by 1) Developing a STEM workforce that attracts businesses to the area, 2) Creating jobs for local residents, 3) Supporting K-12 education, 4) Making the surrounding neighborhood safer through a $1 million partnership with the Phoenix Police Department, and 5) Helping hundreds of homeowners in the community through a first-of-its-kind partnership with Habitat for Humanity. 
GCU's involvement in the community is reflected in more than 100 service projects its students and staff have embraced.  

Mueller's vision for Christian education draws from his own experiences as a student, teacher and coach in Christian schools. His passion is also seen in his inspiring Chapel service addresses, which draw standing-room only crowds at GCU Arena.
Prior to joining Grand Canyon University, Mueller was CEO of the University of Phoenix Online, when it grew from 3,000 students to 340,000 students in an eight-year time frame. He was eventually president of the Apollo Group, where the university as a whole grew to more than 450,000 students.

Mueller began his higher education career as a teacher and coach at Concordia University. He earned a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia.

Mueller serves on a myriad of boards, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Arizona Commerce Authority, and is executive director of the Joy Community Church Foundation. He has been married to his wife Paula for 38 years and has four grown children who also work at GCU.

Dr. Stan Meyer

Stan Meyer Portrait Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Stan Meyer joined Grand Canyon University in 2008 with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining the university, Dr. Meyer served the Apollo Group, Inc. from 2002 through 2008, as Executive Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment, as well as Division Director for Doctoral Programs and Regional Vice President of Axia College at University of Phoenix, a subsidiary of the Apollo Group, Inc.

Dr. Meyer previously spent 19 years in higher education serving in various administrative and academic roles throughout the Concordia University system, including admissions, enrollment, financial aid, student retention, distance education and faculty. He also serves on the board of Phoenix-based Valley Lutheran High School.

Dr. Meyer earned his Doctorate of Education in Institutional Management and Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University (California) and his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Concordia University (Nebraska).

Dan Bachus

Dan Bachus Portrait Chief Financial Officer

Dan Bachus joined Grand Canyon University in 2008 and brings more than eight years of executive level finance and leadership experience to his position.

Prior to joining the university, Mr. Bachus served as Chief Financial Officer for the Loreto Bay Company (2006-2008); as the Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of Apollo Group, Inc., a for-profit, post-secondary education company and the parent company of the University of Phoenix (2000-2006); and as an audit senior manager for Deloitte & Touche LLP (1992-2000).

Mr. Bachus also is a certified public accountant and serves on the Board of Directors of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center.

Mr. Bachus earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Arizona and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Academic Leadership

M. Wooden
K. Mark Wooden, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Kimberly LaPrade, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education
Claude Pensis
Dean, College of Fine Arts
and Production
Tim Griffin
Pastor Tim Griffin
Vice President of Student Services
and Dean of Students
Jason Hiles, PhD
Jason Hiles, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Theology
Michael Berger
Michael Berger, Ed.D.
Dean, College of Doctoral Studies
Randy Gibb
Randy Gibb, Ph.D.

Dean, Colangelo College of Business
Dr. Sherman Elliott
Sherman Elliott, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Humanities
and Social Sciences
Melanie Logue
Melanie Logue, PhD, DNP,

Dean and Professor, College of
Nursing and Health
Care Professions
Dr. Antoinette Farmer
Dr. Antoinette Farmer
Vice President of
Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Jennifer Lech
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and University Registrar

Kelly Sanderson
Kelly Sanderson

Vice President of
Academic Operations

Mike Vaught
Mike Vaught
Vice President of Athletics