Capella University names Dr. Harry McLenighan dean of School of Education

July 20, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, July 20, 2007Capella University, an accredited* online university based in Minneapolis, has named Dr. Harry McLenighan as dean of its School of Education. Dr. McLenighan, who had been serving as interim dean, has more than 34 years experience as a teacher and administrator in K-12 education, and 15 years as a teacher and administrator in higher education.

As dean, Dr. McLenighan will serve as the chief academic officer of Capella University’s School of Education, which offers three degree programs and 10 specializations. More than 1,000 colleges and universities have employed Capella students or alumni. 

“Capella’s success in the School of Education over the past five years has in significant part resulted from our commitment to quality and the fact that we had the team in place to bring that commitment to life.  I am looking forward to my new role primarily because both the commitment and the team remain intact,” Dr. McLenighan said.  

Dr. McLenighan, who joined Capella in 2002, has also served as the online university’s Faculty Chair for Leadership in Educational Administration and as Faculty Director for K-12 Program Development and Delivery. 

“Harry was instrumental in helping Capella achieve a significant milestone:  state approval for our master of science in education, reading and literacy specialization,” said Dr. Michael Offerman, president of Capella University. “This achievement was unique among online universities in offering a master’s program that has a state-approved specialization in reading and literacy.” 

Prior to joining Capella, Dr. McLenighan was a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas, and a site coordinator and faculty member in the principal licensure program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. His focus has been to develop tomorrow’s educational leaders, specifically aspiring principals and superintendents.  In addition to leadership training, Dr. McLenighan has focused on improvement of instructional performance through coaching and assessment.

Recently, Dr. McLenighan’s efforts have included the development and delivery of graduate curriculum for K-12 teachers that is designed to foster significant gains in student achievement. Dr. McLenighan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BS in English / education) and the University of St. Thomas (MA in English and instruction, doctorate in educational leadership). His academic interests include organizational theory and communication, leadership theory and practice, and classroom teacher training, support and supervision.  

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited,* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 89 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552). 

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552),  

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