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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.

Tsun Chow, PhD


Dr. Chow is faculty chair for the doctoral IT programs within the School of Business and Technology at Capella University. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Chow was information technology director for a Fortune 100 company. He has more than 20 years of IT management experience, with the last seven years as an IT executive. Dr. Chow has a background in information security, data center management, business transformation via technology applications, and IT outsourcing. In addition to his role as faculty chair, Dr. Chow is engaged in research and mentoring in the areas of outsourcing, IT management, and information security. He has published many papers, authored a book on software quality assurance, and given presentations at professional society conferences. Dr. Chow was the recipient of the Data Center Manager of the Year award from the Association for Computer Operations Management and the Outstanding Contribution award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.