Richard Senese, PhD, LP
Capella University President
Dr. Richard (Dick) Senese has served as Capella University president since 2015. Prior to that, he was Capella University’s vice president of Academic Affairs and chief academic officer. Before his time at Capella University, he held leadership roles with the University of Minnesota Extension over 13 years. Most recently, he served as the Extension's senior associate dean, where he oversaw research, program evaluation, international partnerships, and faculty development, among other responsibilities. Prior to that role, 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.
He serves on the board of University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), where he co-chairs the policy committee. He is also active in community affairs in his native Minnesota: he is vice-chair of the board for the Center for Victims of Torture, an international organization providing counseling and rehabilitation services to survivors of torture in the U.S. and several other countries.
Dr. Senese received his PhD from the University of Minnesota through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program within the Department of Educational Psychology; his MA in Educational Psychology and his BA, cum laude, in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth; and his AGS from Mesabi Community College. He is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota.