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Barbara Butts Williams, PhD


Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is Executive Dean, External Relations & Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Business at Capella University. Since joining Capella in 2002, Dr. Butts Williams has served in several leadership positions including; Dean, School of Business, Interim Dean, School of Business and Technology, Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Programs and Director of the MBA Program. Dr. Butts Williams has also served as the Dean, School of Education at Capella University. Dr. Butts Williams' professional experience spans over four decades including the public, private and higher education sectors. She previously served as the President of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide strategic planning, talent assessment, change management, and organizational development to small and medium sized organizations. She also served as director of executive programs for the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and on the executive education advisory council of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Her corporate experience includes leadership positions at The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers), Control Data Corporation (now Ceridian), and Wilson Learning Corporation. Currently, Dr. Butts Williams serves on the Board of Directors for Allina Health, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) and as a Commissioner on Minnesota's Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Board, overseeing the construction of the billion dollar multipurpose U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Butts Williams earned a Master of Arts in Business and Leadership from Hamline University, and Master of Arts in Organization Development, and Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Brian Barton, MBA

Faculty Chair   

Prior to his role as a faculty chair in Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies, Brian Barton was an adjunct faculty member at Capella for several years, facilitating courses in marketing, e-business, and management. He has a BSEE and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and more than 30 years of experience in technology and business in North America, Europe, and Japan. He is a former member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), and the International Standards Organization (ISO), where he has worked on worldwide industry standards in manufacturing and telecommunications. Barton has developed and taught university-level courses both on-ground and online, and specializes in management and leadership, marketing, e-business, and project management education. In addition to teaching at Capella University, Barton taught at the University of Michigan early in his career. Prior to his full-time involvement with Capella, Barton was president and CEO of The Solution Sets Group, Inc., a marketing services and e-business solutions provider. He has also been the director of worldwide marketing for Cabletron Systems, vice president of marketing and a corporate officer of Network Express, Inc., director of engineering for Applicon, Inc., and manager of engineering for Comshare.