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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.

Freda Z. Hartman, PhD


Freda Z. Hartman serves as faculty chair for the Doctor of Business Administration degree program in the School of Business and Technology at Capella University. Her professional background includes over thirty years of experience in higher education, business and government. She has been active in programmatic, regional and national accreditation organizations during that time and has numerous publications in the fields of management and higher education administration. Her presentations at international and national conferences have spanned online teaching and learning, student success, and faculty development. Dr. Hartman has been the Dean of two business schools and led each school to successfully achieve global business programmatic accreditation. Dr. Hartman holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of North Texas, an MBA in Management from Youngstown State University and a BS in Business Administration magna cum laude from Youngstown State University.