Fielding Graduate University News

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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Tags: Organizational development, advancement, leadership

Fielding Graduate to Chair Global Business Department

Posted by Carla Billings on Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Fielding graduate Dr. Douglas LePelley was chosen as the next John D. Rockefeller Chair of Global Business for Chancellor University. Chancellor is the second oldest business school in the United States.

Dr. LePelley earned his PhD in Leadership & Organizational Systems and Master's Degree in Leadership Development from Fielding Graduate University. His leadership development work for companies across the globe combined with the knowledge and experience he gained doing academic research as a Fielding student has contributed to his promotion as the John D. Rockefeller Chair of Global Business.

Tags: Organizational development, advancement

Meyers Opens Meeting w/ Astronaut/Air Force Commander Speaker

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Jun 22, 2011


CCCpic resized 600President Richard Meyers opened the Santa Barbara Channel City Club meeting on June 12, 2011. He is pictured here with the keynote speaker, Astronaut Lt. Gen. Susan J. Helms, commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base. Helms delivered “A Commander’s Perspective” on topics ranging from the latest use of technology in fighting wars, to her five visits into space, to how the military has come to realize the strength it derives from leveraging its tremendous diversity.

In his opening remarks, Meyers said, “I am proud of (Fielding’s) record . . . . in serving members of the military and veterans who want to work toward advanced degrees to further their careers. Fielding’s flexible learning format, in terms of both time and place, is conducive to people with multiple demands and uncertainty in their lives.

Fielding is part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to helping those in the military and their families achieve higher education.”

Tags: diversity, advancement, graduate education

Edelman Named Fielding's VP for A&D

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Oct 27, 2010

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David Edelman has been selected as vice president for Advancement and Development at Fielding Graduate University it was announced by President Richard S. Meyers, PhD. A long-time Santa Barbara resident with a career that included both the business and nonprofit sectors, Edelman will join Fielding’s senior management team to lead the university’s activities in development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation affiliations, community outreach, and external relations.

Edelman worked for 14 years at Cox Communications where he was known as a dynamic and innovative business leader and was responsible for significant growth and successful strategic planning for the company. He was the public spokesperson for Cox and produced and hosted the award-winning “Community Connection” television program that spotlighted local nonprofit organizations. Prior to his positions at Cox, Edelman was executive director at Klein Bottle Youth Programs, a nonprofit organization that served children, youth, and families, where he raised and managed an annual budget of over $4,000,000.

Edelman has an MBA from California Coast University, an MA from California State Northridge, and a BS from SUNY, New York. He is an active supporter of numerous nonprofits as a volunteer and board member. While VP of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, he led their fundraising program through the annual dinner and charity auction. Edelman serves on the boards of Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Nonprofit Support Center and volunteers for United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, and La Casa de Maria.

In announcing Edelman’s appointment, Meyers said “David has had an impressive career in business and contributed so much to Santa Barbara’s community nonprofits. We are delighted he is joining our organization, where he will apply his considerable talent and experience on our behalf, here and everywhere Fielding is represented by students, faculty, and alumni.” 

Chief among Edelman’s responsibilities will be to enhance the university’s profile in the public domain and to expand support for the work undertaken by its network of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the advancement of social justice and diversity throughout the world. He will assume the position on November 1, 2010.



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