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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.

Melissa L. Zgola, MS

Faculty Chair

Melissa Zgola joined Capella University in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Technology and became a core faculty member in 2008, teaching courses in networking technology and software architecture. In 2012, she was named faculty chair for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program in the School of Business and Technology and served in that role until 2014 when she became faculty chair for the Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management and the MS in Analytics programs.

Prior to joining Capella, Melissa spent several years as an online facilitator, instructor, and program director with The Art Institute Online, the Pittsburgh Technical Institute and ITT Technical Institute. She also served as an engineering technician for the Department of Labor, and senior system analyst for the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from West Virginia University, and a MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.