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Fielding alumna Barbara Butts Williams appointed to Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor appointed Fielding Graduate University alumna Barbara Butts Williams, PhD, (HOD, '02), to the newly-formed Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

As cited on the Official Website of the City of Minneapolis:

The authority will build, own and operate the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

“We now have the opportunity to transform a key district of downtown Minneapolis and build a place that will bring people together for a generation, with the new authority charged with leading Minnesota through this process,” Mayor Rybak said. “Barbara Butts Williams and Bill McCarthy bring strong qualifications and important voices to the table, and will represent Minneapolis residents, taxpayers, workers and visitors very well.”

Since 2009, Barbara has served as dean of the School of Education at Capella University, where she has worked since 2002 in a variety of leadership positions. She has more than 40 years of executive and management experience in the public, private and higher-education sectors. In the private sector, she has worked as a top executive at The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers), Control Data (now Ceridian) and Wilson Learning Corporation. She also founded Growth Partners Consulting, which provides strategic planning, talent assessment and organizational development to small and medium-sized organizations.

In higher education, her experience includes service at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Metropolitan State University, the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business Administration and Harvard University’s Media and Publishing Group.

In addition, Barbara served on the Metropolitan Council in the 1990s, as Governor Arne Carlson’s appointee to the district that included Downtown Minneapolis, North Minneapolis and parts of South Minneapolis.

Barbara is active in community service. She currently serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, the Northside Economic Opportunity Network and the Northside Achievement Zone, all in Minneapolis. Her past service has included membership on the boards of the Hennepin County Library Foundation and the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation.

“We have an awesome opportunity to build a world-class facility for the Vikings and the community at large, and to revitalize the east side of downtown Minneapolis. I am keenly interested in Minneapolis’ continued development  as a  global city with amenities  that delight fans, attract new businesses and bring good, new jobs to Minneapolis,” said Dr. Butts-Williams.

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