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Notable Faculty

Rhonda Capron, EdD

DEAN OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

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.

Bill Dafnis, PhD

ASSOCIATE DEAN OF TECHNOLOGY

Bill Dafnis is the Associate Dean of Technology for Capella University's School of Business and Technology. Dr. Dafnis' professional background includes 20 years of leadership positions with newspaper media publishing in operations, business development, project management and information technology. In the field of higher education, Dr. Dafnis has served at various institutions as a technology faculty member, Associate Dean and Dean of Information Systems and Technology. His research interests focus on disruptive innovation, information security and business process modeling. Dr. Dafnis is a project management professional (PMP) and holds a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, an MSIT with an Information Security and Assurance Specialization from Carnegie Mellon University, MBA from Lake Forest College and a BA from the University of Illinois.

Melissa L. Zgola, MS

Faculty Chair

Melissa Zgola joined Capella University in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Technology and became a core faculty member in 2008, teaching courses in networking technology and software architecture. In 2012, she was named faculty chair for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program in the School of Business and Technology and served in that role until 2014 when she became faculty chair for the Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management and the MS in Analytics programs.

Prior to joining Capella, Melissa spent several years as an online facilitator, instructor, and program director with The Art Institute Online, the Pittsburgh Technical Institute and ITT Technical Institute. She also served as an engineering technician for the Department of Labor, and senior system analyst for the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from West Virginia University, and a MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.