Villanova School of Business Appoints Michael L. Capella, PhD, as the Associate Dean for the Graduate and Executive Business Programs

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Villanova, PA, August 16, 2012—Michael L. Capella, PhD, Associate Professor of Marketing, has been appointed Associate Dean for the Graduate and Executive Business Programs at the Villanova School of Business (VSB), effective August 27, 2012. In this role, Dr. Capella will lead efforts to ensure the continued, and increasingly higher, level of academic quality and recognition to the VSB graduate business programs, as well as corporate educational programs. He will partner with faculty and administration to provide strategic and academic direction to graduate programs, keeping with the overarching mission and strategy of VSB and the University. 

Dr. Capella joined the VSB faculty in 2005, after earning his PhD in Marketing from Mississippi State University. Recently named the Villanova School of Business Emerging Scholar in Marketing, Dr. Capella has publications and accepted manuscripts in leading journal outlets including the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Advertising. His research has won several awards, including the 2008 Journal of Advertising Best Article Award. Dr. Capella also serves on the editorial review board at various journals including the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing and International Journal of Advertising, and is the current co-editor for a forthcoming special issue at the Journal of Advertising.

During his tenure at VSB, Dr. Capella has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He currently serves as the Faculty Program Coordinator for the International Ambassadors Program in Rome, Italy. Dr. Capella has also taught abroad as a visiting faculty member at American University of Rome, Munich School of Management at Ludwig Maximilians University, and University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Prior to his doctoral pursuit, Dr. Capella spent nearly 10 years in professional sales management with an international food manufacturer.  His industry experience involved account management and relationship marketing with large retail grocery chains, national restaurants, wholesale accounts, and channel intermediaries.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #13 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (Center for Business Analytics, Center for Global Leadership, Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Center for the Study of Church Management, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

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