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Capener tapped for dean of JU business school

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Don Capener (center) and his wife, Annie, chat with an MC student at a recent event.
Don Capener, Monmouth College’s vice president for strategic planning and a member of its political economy and commerce department, has accepted the position of dean of Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business.

Capener, who joined the Monmouth faculty in 2001, will begin his position on July 1, 2012.

“This is a well-deserved and natural next step in Don’s academic career,” said Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler. “As a successful entrepreneur who found Above the Rim and helped form Netcentives, Inc., he brought real-world experience to the classroom, establishing a strong entrepreneurism program within our business department. The vibrancy of that program has been enhanced by the impressive array of guest lecturers who regularly speak to his students. Having lived and worked in Japan, he has also been instrumental in helping us develop overseas programs, particularly in that region.”

From a personal standpoint, Ditzler said he valued Capener’s recent service as a member of his cabinet.

“Don has been the ultimate utility player, cheerfully taking on a diverse series of critical assignments that needed to be completed quickly and thoroughly. He has also helped lay the foundation for our new but rapidly growing institutional marketing efforts.”

Capener earned his B.A. in political science and economics in 1984 from Brigham Young University and his MBA in 1985 from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Recently, he earned a Ph.D. in international management from the International School of Management in Paris, France.

His professional career began in 1985 as an international advertising manager, and he has successfully driven marketing programs for companies such as Fuji Film, Eddie Bauer and Visa.

With more than 40 faculty members, the Davis College of Business is the largest department at Jacksonville. Approximately one-third of the degrees awarded by the 3,600-student university are in business.

“As an entrepreneur, I can sense when a great organization is at the tipping point of even greater success,” said Capener. “With DCOB’s faculty assets, support from the business community, and AACSB accreditation, the ingredients are all in place. I look forward to joining such a dynamic, forward-thinking faculty and leadership team at JU.”

“We are excited to have such a respected business leader and proven higher-education administrator join us,” said JU president Kerry Romesburg. “We expect the DCOB to build on the momentum of earning international accreditation last year and to flourish under his leadership.”