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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.

Mary Whitman, DBA


Mary Whitman is faculty chair for the DBA program in the School of Business and Technology. Since joining Capella in 2003, Dr. Whitman has held various positions, including adjunct faculty member, colloquia lead, and core faculty member. In these roles, she has supported major colloquia redesign projects, taught in various capacities, mentored learners, and served on various institutional committees. In 2010, she was the recipient of Capella's Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Award. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Whitman served as associate dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration and Management at Hamline University and was a program director at Bethel University developing master's and bachelor's programs. Dr. Whitman has extensive research and evaluation experience and has served as a consultant for many organizations across the business, nonprofit, and government sectors. She holds a DBA from the University of Sarasota, and an MSW and BA from the University of Minnesota.