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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.

Shailendra (Shaily) Verma, PhD


Shaily Verma is the Accounting faculty chair in Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies. Before joining Capella, Dr. Verma worked as an associate professor and chair of the Finance Department at Northern Kentucky University, and as a senior finance faculty member of Cardean University, where he developed and taught finance courses at the MBA and undergraduate levels. He has also taught finance and economics courses at Columbia College, DeVry University, Ellis College, and Robert Morris College. In his more than ten years of teaching online and face-to-face, he has taught courses in corporate finance, financial management, derivatives, investments and security analysis, international finance, quantitative techniques in finance, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Dr. Verma holds a BA in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Delhi, an MBA with a Finance concentration from Northern Kentucky University, and both an MA in Economics and a PhD in Financial Economics with an International Finance and Derivative Securities specialization from the University of New Orleans.