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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.

Shailendra (Shaily) Verma, PhD


Shaily Verma is the Accounting faculty chair in Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies. Before joining Capella, Dr. Verma worked as an associate professor and chair of the Finance Department at Northern Kentucky University, and as a senior finance faculty member of Cardean University, where he developed and taught finance courses at the MBA and undergraduate levels. He has also taught finance and economics courses at Columbia College, DeVry University, Ellis College, and Robert Morris College. In his more than ten years of teaching online and face-to-face, he has taught courses in corporate finance, financial management, derivatives, investments and security analysis, international finance, quantitative techniques in finance, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Dr. Verma holds a BA in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Delhi, an MBA with a Finance concentration from Northern Kentucky University, and both an MA in Economics and a PhD in Financial Economics with an International Finance and Derivative Securities specialization from the University of New Orleans.