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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 program chair for Capella's MBA program in the School of Business and Technology. She has worked with Capella since 2002, initially as adjunct faculty and then, beginning in 2004, as core faculty. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Bann spent more than 30 years working in the corporate sector (at General Mills and Dain Bosworth), in government (at the Minnesota Trade Office), and in a private consulting practice. In addition, she possesses extensive international experience as a consultant on more than 45 USAID projects in 15 countries, as well as teaching experience at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Dr. Bann's educational background includes a BA in Physiology and a BS in Business from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and both an MS in Instructional Design for Online Learning and a PhD in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership from Capella University. In 2006, Dr. Bann was a recipient of Capella's Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty award.

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.