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Paving the way for adult learners

We exist to provide you with a way to achieve your dream. Through our innovative online programs, we’re continually reshaping higher education for working adults like you

University mission

The mission of Capella University is to extend access to high-quality bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes.

Educational philosophy

At Capella University, we believe education transforms people’s lives and society—immediately and permanently. The innovative, intentionally designed competency-based education we offer enables adult learners to meet challenges in their careers, lead and make new contributions in their disciplines, and reach their professional and personal goals. Our educational pathways respect existing expertise and allow learners to focus on what is essential as they gain new competencies and expand on those they already have. The credentials they earn are signs of the professional relevancy, quality, and immediate applicability of their educational experience at Capella University and help to create new opportunities in the future. As partners in their education, we proudly serve the lifelong learning ambitions that allow our learners, alumni, their many communities, and our broader society to thrive.

Diversity and inclusion statement

Capella University believes that a diverse learning community is vital to achieving its mission of extending access to higher education. Capella values human potential and is committed to being an inclusive institution that fosters cultural humility within its community. Attracting, engaging, and supporting diverse learners, faculty, and staff strengthens the institution. Capella strives to promote equity within and beyond its community through intentional actions and the transformative exchange of ideas.

University Leadership

Constance St. Germain, EdD, JD

Capella University

Dr. Constance St. Germain serves as president for Capella University. She joined Capella University in 2017 as its chief academic officer and senior vice president of academic affairs. In 2019 she was appointed provost and in 2023 became president.

Prior to joining Capella, she was the executive dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix. While there, Dr. St. Germain positioned the college as an incubator for continued growth and development to transform students into socially aware, critically thinking global citizens.

In addition to her academic career, Dr. St. Germain is a U.S. Army veteran and served as a major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While on active duty, she held assignments as an attorney at military posts including the 82D Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps Fort Bragg, NC.

She holds a Doctor of Education in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University; a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University. She is admitted to practice as an attorney in Vermont, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as several federal courts. St. Germain’s research focus is on women and leadership.

Andrew (Andy) E. Watt

President, US Higher Education, Strategic Education, Inc.

Andrew E. Watt has been with the company since 2002.  He previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Strategic Education and Sr. Vice President of Post-Secondary Education for Capella Education Company.  Prior to that, Andy held roles in the Capella organization as Vice President Colleges and University Operations, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President and General Manager for the College of Business, Technology and Undergraduate Studies, where he led a team of Deans, Market Directors, and Enrollment and Advising leaders to develop and deliver high quality, highly differentiated programs for our learners.  Additionally, Andy has held a variety of leadership positions across the Capella organization, including roles in operations, finance, analytics and the markets & products team.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Watt worked in transaction advisory services at both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.

Charlyn Hilliman, PhD, MPA

Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President

Dr. Hilliman has worked for the university since 2006, having served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and as a scientific merit reviewer; a residency instructor; a subject matter expert in research, criminal justice, and public administration; and the comprehensive examination lead. Most recently Dr. Hilliman served as the dean of the School of Public Service Leadership and faculty chair for the Capella University’s public administration degree programs. Dr. Hilliman also spent her career in health care information technology leadership at Columbia University and Florida International University, and has worked as a director of community programs evaluations and policy initiatives for the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Hilliman holds both a PhD and Master of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Jessica Hunter

Sr. Director, Career, Alumni, and Event Services

Jessica Hunter joined the University in 2003 and currently serves as the Director of Career, Alumni and Event Services at Capella University. In this role, Jessica is responsible for engaging key learner and alumni communities, amplifying academic and professional success, delivering transformational experiences, and collaborating on business development.

During her tenure with Capella, Jessica has held various roles including supporting training and organizational development for faculty and staff, collaborating and leading event execution related to in-person residency and commencement experiences, managing contracts and relationships with key external partners, and leading the events and community experience team. Her insights into university operations, understanding of learner and alumni interests and relationship management are invaluable in driving successful experiences for multiple university communities.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource development from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an active member of Meeting Planners International, Professional Convention Management Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

David (Dave) Koerpel, MBA

Vice President, Portfolio Strategy & Revenue Operations

David Koerpel joined Capella University in 2005 and serves as the Vice President of Portfolio Strategy & Revenue Operations. In this capacity, he develops and guides strategic initiatives while managing revenue operations. David briefly departed from Capella in 2010 to assume the role of B2B Sales Manager at Best Buy corporate, before returning to the university in 2013. Since his return, he has held several leadership roles involving strategy and operations.

Additionally, David is a military veteran, having served with the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Unit of the US Army in Bamberg, Germany.

He holds an MBA from Capella University.

Joshua Stanley, EdD

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Joshua Stanley serves as dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Capella University. Prior to this role, he served as dean for the School of Counseling and Human Services, interim assistant dean for the counselor education and family therapy programs, and chair of the school counseling and addiction studies programs. He also served as core faculty in the counselor education program specializing in school counseling. Before coming to Capella, Dr. Stanley held several positions in P-12 education, including serving as an elementary and secondary school counselor, school counselor, school counseling program specialist and coordinator of secondary intervention and transition services for the Tennessee Department of Education.

Dr. Stanley previously held positions as president of the Tennessee School Counselor Association and member of the Florida School Counselor Association governing board. Dr. Stanley holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is a licensed school counselor and holds the national certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor credentials. Dr. Stanley maintains a limited private practice in Orlando, Florida, where he specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Dennis F. Bonilla, MBA

Dean, School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration

Dennis F. Bonilla Serves as dean for the School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration for Capella University. He is an industry-recognized Digital Learning & Technology Transformation Strategist specializing in the integration of adult learning neuroscience, digital learning technologies and curriculum, data analytics, and corporate and higher education strategies for the modern, multi-generational workforce.

Prior to this role, he served as dean of the Wiley Edge Global Academy, executive dean at the University of Phoenix. He also designed, developed and launched the Red Flint Innovation Experience Centers for the University of Phoenix in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

His wealth of experience in delivering learning technology leadership and innovation spans a variety of industries including higher education, technology, energy, manufacturing, medical, dental, biotech, telecommunications, and nuclear energy. He has worked for and consulted at Fortune 100 companies in the technology, manufacturing, energy and healthcare industries.

He has been an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, on learning and technology trends, women and minorities in technology, digital learning transformation and STEM.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he taught in Naval Nuclear Power School and served three patrols in engineering operations on the USS Casimir Pulaski, SSBN 633 Blue Crew.

Mr. Bonilla is a member of numerous organizations’ boards, including the Board of Trustees of Xavier College Prep, The Whole Brain Foundation, Los D-Backs Hispanic Ambassadors Council, the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Board, among others. In July 2017, Mr. Bonilla was awarded the Insight Into Diversity Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award. He holds an MBA in Operations Analysis from PACE University, B.S. in Nuclear Technology from University of the State of New York. He is also a licensed private pilot.

Lisa Kreeger, PhD

Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Lisa Kreeger held a number of positions at Capella before assuming the role of dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began in School of Business and Technology as a member of the Institutional Review Board before joining the School of Nursing and Health Science as a faculty member, program chair, and interim dean. Kreeger brings a combination of academic and health care industry experience building from her roots as a clinical nurse. Her career includes consulting and management positions with large international corporations where she focused on change, strategy, innovation, and leadership excellence and faculty and academic leadership positions at a large private university and an online university.  Kreeger holds a BSN from DePaul university, an MSN from Drexel University, an MBA from Seattle University, and a PhD with a focus on leadership and change in organizations from Antioch University.

Jody Neuman-Aamile, PhD

Interim Dean, School of Social and Behavorial Sciences

Dr. Neuman-Aamlie serves as Interim Dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Neuman-Aamlie is passionate about extending access to high-quality education and mental health services. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, she has provided psychological services in diverse settings, served as a supervisor for APA-accredited predoctoral internship and postdoctoral training programs, and held academic and student affairs positions at multiple institutions. Dr. Neuman-Aamlie joined Capella University in 2004 as the Director of Clinical Training in the School of Psychology. She has since served in a variety of academic leadership positions with the university.

Dr. Neuman-Aamlie has authored scholarly articles and served as a reviewer for peer-reviewed academic journals. She has presented numerous topics for organizations as well as at state, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Neuman-Aamlie earned her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychology and her Bachelor of Science (B.S) in psychology from Grand Valley State University. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota.

Board of Trustees

Mark Brown, MBA

Mark joined the board in 2018. Mark is a former chief financial officer at Strayer Education, Inc. and former vice chair of the Strayer University Board of Trustees. Before those roles, he was chief financial officer of The Kantar Group, the information and consultancy division of WPP Group, the multi-national communications services company. Prior to that, for nearly 12 years Mark held a variety of management positions at PepsiCo Inc. including director of corporate planning for Pepsi Bottling Group and business unit chief financial officer for Pepsi-Cola International. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Duke University and a MBA from Harvard University.

Adrian Butler, DM

Adrian Butler is Chief Technology Officer of Foot Locker. He was formally Chief Informational Officer (CIO) for Casey's General Store's, Inc. A role designed to lead the effort to advance next generation technology at the fourth largest convenience retailer in the US.

Prior to joining Casey’s, Adrian was senior vice president and CIO at DineEquity, Inc. parent company of the IHOP and Applebee’s restaurant chains. In that role, he was responsible for Information Technology (IT) transformation and strategy, innovation, and technology delivery as well as building and enhancing the organization’s digital, mobile, social-media and data capabilities focused on growing the business and enhancing the guest experience.

Adrian joined Casey’s with over 25 years of progressive leadership experience in IT which began while serving as an officer in the United States Air Force, leaving as a Captain. Following that he worked in IT across several industries including financial services/insurance, hospitality, and retail.

Throughout his career, Adrian has been recognized for outstanding leadership and performance, and was awarded Officer of the Year honors at both the organizational and Air Force base level, as well as various organizational and industry awards once his military career ended, including being named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine.

Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Grambling State University, a master’s degree from Embry Riddle University, and a doctorate degree from University of Maryland.

Walter Chesley, JD

Walter Chesley is the former Chief Human Resources Officer for Hennepin Healthcare System. Before this role, he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Agiliti Corporation, a publicly traded medical equipment and device outsourcing company, Chief Administrative Officer at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics Minnesota/Upper Midwest and Vice President, Human Resources with Ceridian Corporation. Prior to these roles, Walter worked for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation where he held various executive and managerial roles.

With a lifelong commitment to community service, Walter has served on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, Community Health Charities, Minnesota Association of Private Colleges, Minneapolis Community Technical College Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Minnesota and YMCA of the North.

Walter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications at Boston University and a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law.

Selina Matis, PhD, LCSW, LICSW 

Dr. Selina Matis is core faculty in the School of Public Service and Education; she was appointed faculty trustee to the Board in May 2023.  She joined Capella in 2020 where she teaches in the Master of Social Work program.  

Dr. Matis has taught at both the BSW and MSW levels in areas including practice education, clinical practice, research, policy, human behavior in the social environment, child welfare, and program evaluation.  She has experience supporting students through social work practice internships as a practice coordinator, practice faculty liaison, and an MSW supervisor.

Her clinical work has been primarily in mental health, supporting adults, children, and families in a variety of settings. She has specialized in treating trauma across the lifespan and currently maintains a private practice providing counseling, consultation, and supervision services.

Dr. Matis has published and presented on a variety of topics including resilience, self-care and burn-out, ethics, trauma-informed social work, working with families, helping students succeed, and the social work competencies. She has two current social work textbooks in print – Social Work Practice and The Social Work Field Placement.

She received her doctoral degree in social work from Widener University, and a Master of Social Work, a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in School Psychology all from California University of Pennsylvania (now Penn West University).

Dawn Mueller, PhD

Dawn Mueller is the Chief Marketing Officer for Vitech, a SaaS company and an adjunct professor of marketing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She was formerly chief marketing officer for Saphyre and has served in marketing and communications positions with globally renowned companies, including Wolters Kluwer, IBM, and Ernst & Young, and Deloitte.

Dawn has a strong history of implementing innovative marketing strategies, cultivating valuable relationships, and delivering growth solutions. Her experience includes leading multi-functional teams, creating pioneering strategies to elevate brand presence, and developing go-to-market and business initiatives.

She is devoted to nurturing the marketing leaders of tomorrow, sharing her knowledge and real-world experience with aspiring marketing professionals.

She holds a PhD in Marketing and Management from Pace University, an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BA in Communication from Seton Hall University.

Diana Rodriguez, MBA

Diana Z. Rodriguez is the 16th chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District.  Prior to that, she served as president of San Bernardino Valley College and Vice President of Student Services and Vice President of Academic Services at Las Positas College. A native of Southern California, second-generation Mexican-American and first-generation community college student, Diana's background is a close reflection of the social and cultural experiences of a vast majority of the community college students in the region.

In her roles as a tenured faculty member and college counselor, she gained first-hand insight into the unique challenges faced by students, faculty, and classified professionals in California’s diverse higher education landscape. Diana has a track record of improving campus morale, increasing student enrollment, advocating for institutional innovation and professional development, and successfully mobilizing campus-wide support for student success-related initiatives. She has led major grant funding initiatives and implemented campus-wide student diversity initiatives. During her first year at San Bernardino Valley College, Diana introduced a campus-wide SBVC Cares campaign to encourage administrators, faculty and classified professionals to reach out to at-risk students, which directly contributed to an increase in retention, student success, and graduation rates.

In 2018, Diana was named “Woman of the Year” by the 47th Assembly District of California for her extensive contributions to student equity and success in the Inland Empire. Since then, Diana has made it her mission to improve the college-going culture in the communities her college serves and help her students and staff turn their career dreams into reality.

Diana has 30 years of higher education experience, with 13 years in senior leadership positions She holds an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Palo Verde College and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, an MBA, and a master’s degree in education from California State University, San Bernardino.

Richard Senese, PhD, LP

Capella University Board Chair

Dr. Richard (Dick) Senese is President Emeritus of Capella University. He served as president of Capella University from 2015 - 2023 and Chief Academic Officer from 2015 - 2017. Prior to returning to Capella in 2014, Dr. Senese served in leadership roles with the University of Minnesota Extension for 13 years. He most recently served as the Extension's Senior Associate Dean, where he oversaw research, program evaluation, international partnerships, and faculty development, among other responsibilities. Prior to his promotion to Senior Associate Dean, he served as the founding Associate Dean for the Center for Community Vitality. He has taught at a number of Minnesota-based institutions, including St. Olaf College, Metropolitan State University, and the College of St. Scholastica, and served previously as the Associate Dean for Capella University's Harold Abel School of Psychology.

Dr. Senese received his PhD from the University of Minnesota through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program with the Department of Educational Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist and active in community affairs in his native Minnesota.

Brian Shankey, MM

Brian Shankey is an executive director of the American Heart Association serving the New England Markets of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of Massachusetts. A twenty five year nonprofit professional specializing in health and youth development, Brian has served in previous leadership roles in JDRF International, the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and several Boy Scout organizations.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from MCPHS University, a Masters in Management from Cambridge College and is currently completing his Doctor of Business Administration at Capella University. 

He was elected as learner trustee to the Board in March 2024.

Linda Singh, PhD

Dr. Linda Singh is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC which provides leadership and management consulting as well as strategic advisory services for a variety of public and private sector clients. She served as the Inaugural Leader-In-Residence for Towson University focusing on creating the foundation for leadership culture and common leader competencies across the campus and Interim Executive Director and CEO of TEDCO focused on investing and helping to grow early-stage technology and life sciences companies to fuel economic development and growth.

Prior to that, she served as a Major General in the Maryland National Guard, dedicating more than 38 years of service. As the Adjutant General and a Cabinet Secretary, she was responsible for the Maryland Military Department.  As part of her military role, she worked with senior-level officials at ministerial and ambassador levels in Estonia and Bosnia developing country strategies under the Department of Defense State Partnership Program.  Dr. Singh retired from Accenture in 2016; she was a managing director in the health and public service North America operating unit.

Dr. Singh serves on the board of directors for WaveDancer (WAVD), Westat, Easterseals DC MD VA, and Headstrong, and is a member of the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative as well as numerous other committees. She served on the public board of Howard Bancorp which was acquired in early 2022.

Dr. Singh personally mentors, coaches, and speaks on leadership, diversity, adversity, career transition, and issues that plague women and veterans in the workplace.  She is the author of “Moments of Choice: My path to leadership” and “What’s in Your Box? Designing the Life You Want”.  Dr. Singh is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and Gallup Strengths Coach.  She is an authorized DiSC partner and John Maxwell certified trainer and speaker. 

She has received numerous awards, among them are the 2013 DiversityMBA Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders, The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award for 2014, and recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for 2015. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2015 and into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in 2021.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, an MBA, a masters in strategic studies, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dwaun Warmack, EdD

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack serves as the 9th President of Claflin University. He has more than 20 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education, including positions as president of Harris-Stowe State University, senior vice president of administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University, and associate dean of students at Rhodes College.  He also held administrative positions at Western Carolina University and Delta State University.

Dr. Warmack was appointed as Chairman of the Missouri Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Commission in 2015 and served as Chairman for four years. He previously served on the boards of the Cortex Innovation Community, the Saint Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Muny, the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America and Millennium Leadership Initiative Executive Steering Committee. Other past board memberships include the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Foundation, and the Alumni Board of Directors for Delta State University.

Warmack earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sociology from Delta State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and completed post-doctoral studies in educational leadership at Harvard University School of Education.

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