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      Capital University has announced the appointment of John Gentner as dean of the School of Management and Leadership.

      Having served as director of the MBA and graduate programs in the School of Management and Leadership for the past year, Gentner’s new role will extend to include oversight of the undergraduate program. He will focus on forming strategic relationships with local, regional, national, and global industry business leaders with connections to Central Ohio, and also will lead the development of new undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

      “In his short time at the university, John has shown tremendous initiative in leading Capital’s MBA and graduate programs in the right direction in terms of growth and strategy,” said Dr. Terry Lahm, Capital’s interim provost. “Selecting him to take the reins of the more comprehensive role of dean, advancing a program that attracts more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students each year, is the right move.”

      Capital’s School of Management and Leadership offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business management, financial economics, and marketing along with a master of business administration at the graduate level. Under Gentner’s leadership, the school is exploring opportunities to strengthen its position in the Central Ohio market, including the potential introduction of a new specialized master’s degree, executive development programs, and partnering with Capital Law School to create new programs at the intersection of business and law

      “I’m honored to have been selected for the deanship by Capital University leadership and the faculty in the School of Management and Leadership,” Gentner said. “I look forward to serving alongside the faculty to establish the tempo and direction of the school as we help fulfill Capital’s mission of preparing our students for lives of purpose, leadership and service.”

      Prior to joining Capital, Gentner served as the MBA Director in the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton, and taught courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and strategic management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Before transitioning to higher education, Gentner spent 16 years with Fifth Third Bank, earning the title of vice president and serving in numerous business development and leadership positions. He holds an undergraduate degree in management from Capital University and his MBA from the University of Dayton.