OREM, Utah — Valley University of Utah (UVU) announced the appointment of Don Capener as Dean of the University’s Continuing Education Department, effective immediately. As Dean, Capener will be responsible for creating and implementing the University’s strategic plan for the expansion of post-secondary learning programs and activities at UVU.
“We are thrilled to have Don lead continuing education at UVU,” said Wayne Vaught, provost and senior vice president, Academic Affairs at Utah Valley University. “His broad academic, business and managerial skills will greatly benefit UVU and the community. We look forward to seeing the department grow and prosper under his leadership.”
Capener joined UVU as Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies at Woodbury School of Business (WSB) in May 2019 after serving seven years as Dean of Business at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. He accepted the CVU acting assignment as Associate Provost – Continuing Education in September 2021.
Over the past nine months, Capener has helped the University’s Executive Education grow in healthcare management in partnership with the Woodbury School of Business (WSB) and the College of Health and Public Service (CHPS) . He also helped the University expand its programs in artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital marketing, executive leadership, and international business while leading the business school through AACSB reaccreditation.
Under his leadership, the WSB MBA program grew by 40% and he introduced UVU’s first micro-credentials for post-baccalaureate business students in healthcare management, finance, management, marketing, and business management. technologies.
Early in his career, Capener started “Above the Rim Apparel” with his brother while he ran their ad agency in San Diego. Both companies were profitable and were sold in 1994. He taught advertising and marketing at Waseda University in Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese. As CMO, he took marketing technology company Netcentives public through NASDAQ in 1999.
Capener holds a doctorate in international management from the International School of Management in Paris. His master’s degree in business administration was conferred by the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, and Asian studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.