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Notable Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service and health care organizations including emergency response agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 500 health care organizations, the U.S. armed forces, and the U.S. government.

Beth Koenig, JD


Beth Koenig serves as Dean for the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University. With an over 20-year career in higher education, she has taught, advised, and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. She has also developed and supported numerous sponsored research initiatives and has led several enterprise-wide, university infrastructure improvements.

In addition to background in education, Beth has worked in government relations, has served as a Minnesota Supreme Court qualified mediator, and presented best practices in building university research. She also sponsored program initiatives to local, state, national, and international audiences. Beth holds a JD from Hamline University School of Law and a BA from St. Catherine University (formerly the College of St. Catherine) in Speech Communication and Music, Opera Performance.

Charles Lorbeer, PhD, LICSW (MA), LCSW (GA)

Faculty Chair

Charles Lorbeer serves as the Faculty Chair for the Master of Nonprofit Management Leadership and PhD in Nonprofit programs. He earned a PhD in Administration from Walden University and an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University. He has more than 25 years of experience in the human services field, and has worked as a social worker, psychotherapist, child protective supervisor, hospital department director, human service administrator, and CEO of a children's agency. Dr. Lorbeer joined Capella in 2001 as a faculty member, and became a faculty chair in 2006. He has also served as a faculty member for the Salem State College Graduate School of Social Work, and as a field instructor for Boston University, Salem State College, Springfield College, and Middlesex Community College.