Jacksonville University Gets New DCOB Dean

Bryan Jones

Photo courtesy of Dr. Capener

On July 1, 2012, Dr. Don Capener will begin his role as the new Dean for the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business.  His appointment came after the college was awarded The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation.

According to a press release from JU, Kerry Romesburg, president of JU, spoke on behalf of the school about Capener’s appointment.

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

Dr. Lois Becker, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, also had nothing but praise for the incoming dean and his “breadth of international experience.”

“He is a very straight-forward person, very trustworthy,” said Becker. “Very approachable.”

Becker spoke on his eagerness to cooperating with other deans and working with interdisciplinary majors.
“I think he’s making a full commitment to JU,” said Becker.

Dr. John Balog, the vice president for student life, says that Capener was a good choice for the school, although he had a much different resume than many other typical candidates.

“He has a very diverse background,” Balog said. “So he will bring us something that isn’t run-of-the-mill for these type of positions.”

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

“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.”

Capener began his career when he founded Above the Rim, a sports apparel company that was eventually sold to Reebok. Having worked for a few large advertising agencies, Capener brings a significant of real-world experience to the DCOB.

According to his resume, he worked Colgate Palmolive advertising business in 1985. He has participated in various business development roles and later as an advertising agency CEO. As an Emmy award winning advertising professional, he co-founded and led large multi-disciplinary teams as the chief marketing officer at Netcentives, Inc. in the Bay Area.

He directed national efforts for Visa’s promotional campaigns such as Visa Rewards at Frankel in Chicago and San Francisco. He rose to managing account director of what is now Leo Burnett’s San Francisco office in 1995. He currently consults for a number of small to mid-sized companies and serves as board member and senior advisor to several start-ups companies.

Capener has earned a Doctor of International Management from the International School of Management in Paris, France. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

“He will bring a new and different type of energy to the Davis College of Business,” said Balog.

Despite the administrations open arms, not all students are fully informed about the new dean.

“He doesn’t start until the summer but he’s a pretty big deal apparently,” said Alexander Bulgin, a junior finance major.