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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.

Shelley Robbins, PhD

Faculty Chair

Dr. Shelley Robbins is faculty chair for the Human Resource Management specialization in the School of Business and Technology. She joined Capella in 2002, initially serving as executive director of the School of Business, and later as a senior core faculty member in the School of Business and Technology. At Capella, Dr. Robbins has taught in the leadership and organizational development areas, where she has developed curriculum for new and existing programs. Dr. Robbins has also taught full time at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include leadership, women and leadership, organizational innovation, and change and development. She has written articles and book chapters on leadership, strategy, and e-learning and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Robbins holds a PhD in Strategy and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois.