Richard Senese

Vice Chair

Dr. Richard (Dick) Senese is President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Chief Academic Officer for Capella University. Prior to returning to Capella in 2014, Dr. Senese served in leadership roles with the University of Minnesota Extension for 13 years.  He most recently served as the Extension’s Senior Associate Dean, where he oversaw research, program evaluation, international partnerships, and faculty development, among other responsibilities.  Prior to his promotion to Senior Associate Dean, he served as the founding Associate Dean for the Center for Community Vitality.  He has taught at a number of Minnesota-based institutions, including St. Olaf College, Metropolitan State University, and the College of St. Scholastica, and served previously as the Associate Dean for Capella University’s Harold Abel School of Psychology. In addition to his career in higher education, Dick served as a campaign manager for Senator Paul Wellstone’s 1990 campaign and worked for him in both St. Paul and Washington, DC. He also held a number of positions with the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota, including servicing as State Chair from 1997-99.

Dr. Senese received his PhD from the University of Minnesota through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program with the Department of Educational Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist and active in community affairs in his native Minnesota.

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