Capella University Names Dr. Feranda Williamson Dean of School of Undergraduate Studies

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Dr. Williamson had served as associate dean for the online university.

Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited*, fully online university based in Minneapolis, has named Feranda Williamson, EdD, as dean of its School of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Williamson, who most recently served as the school's associate dean, has more than 25 years experience in higher education leadership positions.

As dean, she will act as the chief academic officer of Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies, which has more than 3,000 students enrolled in three online degree programs and 19 specializations.

Prior to joining Capella in 2005, Williamson held leadership positions at two Chicago-area colleges. At Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, she served as dean of career programs and dean of continuing education. During her time there, she was an Outstanding Education Administrator award recipient from the 7th Congressional District. Prior to her tenure at Malcolm X College, she was an associate dean and program director for Robert Morris College, as well as a member of the business faculty. Since 1994, Williamson has also served as president/CEO of the ECC Music Workshop/Chicago Mass Choir, a two-time, Grammy-nominated gospel choir, with which Williamson has also toured, nationally and internationally.

Williamson received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois; her Master of Arts in Adult Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago; and her Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, public health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs, as of October 23, 2007. 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 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), http://www.capella.edu.

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