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Barbara Butts Williams, PhD

DEAN

Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is Executive Dean, External Relations & Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Business at Capella University. Since joining Capella in 2002, Dr. Butts Williams has served in several leadership positions including; Dean, School of Business, Interim Dean, School of Business and Technology, Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Programs and Director of the MBA Program. Dr. Butts Williams has also served as the Dean, School of Education at Capella University. Dr. Butts Williams' professional experience spans over four decades including the public, private and higher education sectors. She previously served as the President of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide strategic planning, talent assessment, change management, and organizational development to small and medium sized organizations. She also served as director of executive programs for the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and on the executive education advisory council of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Her corporate experience includes leadership positions at The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers), Control Data Corporation (now Ceridian), and Wilson Learning Corporation. Currently, Dr. Butts Williams serves on the Board of Directors for Allina Health, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) and as a Commissioner on Minnesota's Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Board, overseeing the construction of the billion dollar multipurpose U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Butts Williams earned a Master of Arts in Business and Leadership from Hamline University, and Master of Arts in Organization Development, and Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Cheryl Bann, PhD

PROGRAM CHAIR

Dr. Cheryl Bann is program chair for Capella's MBA program in the School of Business and Technology. She has worked with Capella since 2002, initially as adjunct faculty and then, beginning in 2004, as core faculty. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Bann spent more than 30 years working in the corporate sector (at General Mills and Dain Bosworth), in government (at the Minnesota Trade Office), and in a private consulting practice. In addition, she possesses extensive international experience as a consultant on more than 45 USAID projects in 15 countries, as well as teaching experience at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Dr. Bann's educational background includes a BA in Physiology and a BS in Business from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and both an MS in Instructional Design for Online Learning and a PhD in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership from Capella University. In 2006, Dr. Bann was a recipient of Capella's Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty award.