Kevin Gilligan


Capella Education Co.




Minneapolis-based Capella University was once a pioneer of online higher education. Kevin Gilligan arrived as CEO in 2009, bringing zero experience in the education industry. But when the recession brought declines in enrollment and revenue, Gilligan had exactly what the company needed: a new course. This year Capella acquired two tech “boot camps” offering non-degree, in-person programs. It also unveiled RightSkill, a partnership with online job site CareerBuilder, providing non-degree programs that can be completed in 90 days. As Capella adapts to meet a changing market, it’s once again a pioneer.