Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC, will serve as the new director of the Building Construction Science program in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. He also holds the new Roy Anderson Endowed Professorship.
Capano, a certified professional constructor and licensed general contractor (North Carolina) with extensive construction experience, is replacing the interim director and former associate dean, David C. Lewis, Ph.D., who retired June 30 after 26 years of service at Mississippi State.
Capano and his wife, Sandra, who will also work for the university in the College of Veterinary Medicine, are from Cape Coral, Fla.
“We are excited about the move to Starkville,” he said. “When we first came out here, we didn’t know what to expect but found Starkville to be a very vibrant, exciting college town, and the focus seems to be around the university. That’s very appealing; it’s like a family.”
He also said he’s excited about the good Southern cooking and the fishing, both of which he has already had the chance to enjoy.
Capano is especially excited about leading MSU’s unique, integrated learning Building Construction Science Program.
“That’s really what drew me here,” he said. “We have a lot of opportunities to work with industry and help form the new built environment leaders of the future. We are going to be delivering construction differently, and it’s going to take the type of students and learning environment we are developing here to move it forward.”
Capano has held a number of positions, from tradesman to division director for a variety of high-end residential and large commercial general contractors. He has also been involved with professional construction education where he has served as faculty, program coordinator, program head and dean. Read his full bio.