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John G. Sperling dies at 93; founder of University of Phoenix
John G. Sperling dies at 93; founder of University of Phoenix

John G. Sperling, a poor boy from the Missouri Ozarks who survived a cruel childhood to become a college professor and a billionaire with an idea for a university that launched a revolution in higher education, has died. He was 93. The self-described "unintentional entrepreneur" who founded the for-profit behemoth University of Phoenix, Sperling died Friday of complications following an infection at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., said former University of Phoenix President Jorge Klor de Alva. Sperling had homes in the Bay Area and Arizona. Sperling was a tenured professor at San Jose State University in 1972 when he hit on the idea of an alternative institution...

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