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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.

Ben Spedding, DHA


Ben Spedding, DHA has been appointed as the Faculty Chair for Public Health & Health Leadership. Faculty members teaching in our public health and health administration offerings will report to Ben. In our current structure, Ben will report to me. Ben has taught at Capella since 2011 in the School of Undergraduate Studies (psychology program), where he most recently functioned in the interim faculty chair role. In 2013, he joined the School of Public Service Leadership as a faculty mentor for doctoral students. He has been recognized twice with the Stephen Shank award. He has served in various faculty roles since 2004 and has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit health care and social services arenas. His professional expertise includes responding to the health care industry’s demand for determining new methods of organizing, delivering and purchasing services. Ben states, “I enjoy teaching knowing that it assists in the development of the next generation of leaders and helps to prepare students for their roles in society as lifelong learners.” Ben grew up on the East coast but currently live in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and family (son, Taylor and daughter, Cailyn). He enjoys cooking, music, sports, and visits to the beach.