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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Dec. 15, 201112:00 PM EST

JU names Capener dean of the Davis College of Business


Don Capener has been named dean of the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business effective July 1.

Lois Becker, senior vice president of academic affairs, and JU President Kerry Romesburg announced the appointment Wednesday.

“We are excited to have such a respected business leader and proven higher-education administrator join us,” said Romesburg in a news release.

“We expect the DCOB to build on the momentum of earning international accreditation last year and to flourish under his leadership,” he said.

Capener replaces Joseph McCann as dean of the business college.

McCann became dean June 1, 2008, and stepped down Jan. 15. Romesburg named long-time faculty member and administrator William Crosby as interim dean.

In announcing his plan to step down, McCann said that “now is a perfect time for me to return to my research and writing.”

McCann’s LinkedIn profile shows that he has been an assistant dean at USF Polytechnic in Tampa/St. Petersburg since January and also has been executive editor of “People & Strategy” at the Human Resources Planning Society since then.

According to a JU news release, Capener comes to JU from Monmouth College in Illinois, where he was a key member of the Political Economy and Commerce department for the past decade and more recently as vice president for strategic planning and chief marketing officer.

Before Monmouth, he was a senior vice president and director of client services for Euro RSCG 4D (formerly Blau) in Chicago and San Francisco.

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

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