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Veteran Business Executive Van Sapp Joins St. Augustine’s University Faculty

Van B. Sapp

Raleigh, NC – Fortune 500 executive Van B. Sapp has been appointed to the position of Dean of the School of Business, Management & Technology at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) the historic university announced this week.

Sapp’s experience spans over 25 years with PepsiCo, Kraft Foods and private companies. While a Senior Vice President at PepsiCo, he was responsible for driving sales, creating ground breaking marketing programs and developing customer relations. Under his leadership, key strategic partnerships were created with top retailers, entertainment brands, and several professional sports organizations. Immediately prior to his departure from PepsiCo, Mr. Sapp led the $12 billion U.S. selling organization responsible for Gatorade, Tropicana, and Quaker Oats. 

Sapp is excited to share his executive-level business experience with SAU students. “In addition to a robust curriculum, business students today require development and skills to accompany them on the first day of their job,” said Dean Van Sapp. “We expect that our students will be advantaged by this hands-on development in our unique teaching environment.” 

A graduate of Tuskegee University, Sapp went on to earn his MBA in Marketing from Clark-Atlanta University. He is currently working on his PhD at Concordia University – Chicago, in the field of Organizational Leadership.

School of Business, Management & Technology

The mission of the School of Business, Management and Technology is to prepare students to compete in the global marketplace through effective instruction, technology application, relevant curricula, and professional development. The School consists of three Departments:

  • Business, Accounting and Sport Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Extended Studies

Students in the School can major in Business, Accounting (Major and Minor), Sport Management, Computer Information Systems (Major and Minor) as well as complete their degree requirements as non-traditional students in the Extended Studies program.

For information about SAU’s School of Business, Management & Technology, visit


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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