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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.

Maudie Gallop Holm, PhD


Maudie Holm serves as the faculty chair for the PhD, Business Management specializations in Capella University’s School of Business and Technology. She oversees the program’s operations, faculty and learners. Dr. Holm had previously been core faculty member and joined Capella in 2003. She received the Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty award in 2008 and has chaired over 20 dissertations, served as SME for Organization Theory and Management Education, and taught in the core business curriculum. She has published over 25 articles in practitioner journals and has presented fieldwork at national and international conferences. Dr. Holm possesses diverse organizational development and training experience in private and public sectors, manufacturing, publishing, and academe. She holds a PhD in Urban Education Administration and Organization Behavior, MEd in Adult Development and Learning Psychology and a BA in Organizational Communications from Cleveland State University.