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Notable Faculty

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.

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.