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Notable Faculty

Barbara Butts Williams, PhD


Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is the Dean of Business in Capella University's School of Business and Technology. While at Capella, she has served as dean of the School of Education, interim dean of the School of Business and Technology, director of the MBA program in the School of Business, and faculty director for graduate programs in the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Butts Williams has had a varied executive career in the public, private, academic, and consulting sectors. Prior to joining Capella, she was president of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide executive coaching, product development, strategy, organizational effectiveness and development, and talent management solutions. Dr. Butts Williams' professional experience also includes such positions as officer of global leadership and development, vice president of marketing and sales, and marketing director. She has also served on several academic, community, and civic boards, and has been appointed by two Minnesota governors to serve on statewide planning boards. Dr. Butts Williams was also recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. Her research interest is on the meaning and significance of work in people's lives.

Freda Z. Hartman, PhD


Freda Z. Hartman serves as faculty chair for the Doctor of Business Administration degree program in the School of Business and Technology at Capella University. Her professional background includes over thirty years of experience in higher education, business and government. She has been active in programmatic, regional and national accreditation organizations during that time and has numerous publications in the fields of management and higher education administration. Her presentations at international and national conferences have spanned online teaching and learning, student success, and faculty development. Dr. Hartman has been the Dean of two business schools and led each school to successfully achieve global business programmatic accreditation. Dr. Hartman holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of North Texas, an MBA in Management from Youngstown State University and a BS in Business Administration magna cum laude from Youngstown State University.