Brian Mueller

Brian Mueller President and 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.

Faculty and Staff

Hank Radda, Ph.D.

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

Board of Directors

Brent Richardson
Executive Chairman of the Board
Sara R. Dial
Brian E. Mueller
Chief Executive Officer
President and Director
Jack A. Henry
Bradley A. Casper
Kevin F. Warren
David J. Johnson