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Notable Faculty

Rhonda Capron, EdD


Dr. Rhonda Capron is an accomplished leader with remarkable business acumen, extensive academic experience and professional relevance within the confluence of today’s transformative marketplace. She brings a unique blend of background and experience to Capella as a seasoned executive and higher education leader with more than 15 years of experience successfully leading strategic initiatives and operations within high-tech businesses. She also has 10 years in higher education, including extensive, hands-on experience teaching; faculty and staff leadership; academic programming; curriculum development; and strategic planning. Dr. Capron joined Capella in 2016. She was previously the academic dean of the School of Business at University of Phoenix. Prior to that position, she held a number of academic leadership roles at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California. In addition she has an extensive background in both the business sector and the military. Rhonda was vice president of support services and software as a service at Oracle Corporation, and she served as the deputy director for operations within the Departments of Army and Energy.

Cheryl Bann, PhD


Dr. Cheryl Bann is Associate Dean for the School of Business. She joined Capella in 2002 as adjunct faculty and moved into a core faculty role in 2004. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Bann held leadership positions in the corporate sector (General Mills and Dain Bosworth), in government (Minnesota Trade Office), as consultant/assessment expert (50+ USAID consulting projects in 15 countries), and business consultant to small businesses (private practice and 20+ years as a Small Business Development Counselor). Dr. Bann's educational background includes a BA (Physiology) and a BS (Business) from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, an MBA (General/International) from the University of St. Thomas, and both an MS (Instructional Design for Online Learning) and a PhD (Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership) from Capella University. She was awarded the Capella University Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty award as well as the University’s Red Carpet award. Dr. Bann is a veteran of the US Army, having served for over 20 years.

Brian Barton, MBA

Faculty Chair   

Prior to his role as a faculty chair in Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies, Brian Barton was an adjunct faculty member at Capella for several years, facilitating courses in marketing, e-business, and management. He has a BSEE and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and more than 30 years of experience in technology and business in North America, Europe, and Japan. He is a former member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), and the International Standards Organization (ISO), where he has worked on worldwide industry standards in manufacturing and telecommunications. Barton has developed and taught university-level courses both on-ground and online, and specializes in management and leadership, marketing, e-business, and project management education. In addition to teaching at Capella University, Barton taught at the University of Michigan early in his career. Prior to his full-time involvement with Capella, Barton was president and CEO of The Solution Sets Group, Inc., a marketing services and e-business solutions provider. He has also been the director of worldwide marketing for Cabletron Systems, vice president of marketing and a corporate officer of Network Express, Inc., director of engineering for Applicon, Inc., and manager of engineering for Comshare.