Capella Education Company selects Sally Chial as new head of human resources

August 1, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, August 1, 2007 – Capella Education Company (www.capellaeducation.com) (NASDAQ: CPLA), a provider of exclusively online education through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University (www.capella.edu), an online university based in Minneapolis, has announced that it has hired Sally Chial as its new head of human resources.  Chial will begin in her new role as Vice President of Human Resources at Capella on August 29, 2007, when she will assume responsibility for all human resources and training & professional development functions. She will also be a member of Capella’s Executive Leadership Team. Capella Education Company currently has more than 1000 administrative staff and 940 faculty members.

Most recently Chial was a senior leader for Cargill, Inc.’s organizational effectiveness discipline, where she designed, developed, and implemented global talent management strategies. Her more than 25 years of human resources and administrative leadership experience also includes BRW Inc., the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the City of Roseville. 

“Sally brings to Capella a wealth of expertise in areas such as talent management, leadership development, succession planning, change management, and human capital strategies,” said Steve Shank, Chairman and CEO of Capella Education Company.

About Capella Education Company
Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) is a national leader in online education and parent company of Capella University a regionally accredited,* online university. Capella University offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, health, human services, public safety, and psychology and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. These academic programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults, combining high quality, competency-based curricula with the convenience and flexibility of an online learning format. Currently, Capella University offers 19 graduate and undergraduate degree programs with 101 specializations and over 870 courses. More than 19,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2007. For more information about Capella Education Company, please visit
http://www.capellaeducation.com. For more information about Capella University, please visit http://www.capella.edu 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), http://www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552), www.capella.edu.

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