College of Business - Real Life. Real Business.

Real Life. Real Business

Aug. 7, 2008

Chuck WilliamsDear Alumni and Friends,

I'm Chuck Williams, and it is my pleasure to write to you as the new Dean of Butler's College of Business Administration. With our "Real Life, Real Business" mission, exciting changes are taking place in our undergraduate and MBA programs and in our work with the Indianapolis business community, so I'll be emailing you each month to keep you informed about the CBA's exciting people, events, and plans.

While my monthly emails will normally be about the school, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I'm a native Hoosier. While Indianapolis is my hometown, we moved to Gary in 1968, 40 years ago, so that my father could attend the Illinois School of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago.

Of course, a lot has changed in Indianapolis in 40 years. Dick Lugar was Indianapolis' mayor, not Indiana's senior Senator. The red car on the pole at the Indianapolis 500 was A.J. Foyt's #14, not Scott Dixon's #9. The Colts and their Hall of Fame Quarterback, not Peyton Manning but Johnny Unitas, were in Baltimore. And, 40 years ago, the CBA had approximately 275 undergraduates, 235 graduate students (only 7 of which were women) and 26 combined faculty and staff. Whereas, today we have 700+ undergraduates, 300+ MBAs and nearly 100 combined faculty and staff.

My wife, Jenny, who I met at Valparaiso University, also has family in Indiana. After graduating from Valpo, we spent five years in Lansing, Mich., where I earned my MBA and Ph.D. in Management at Michigan State and worked 18 months for General Motors. I then taught at Oklahoma State for five years, followed by 15 years at Texas Christian University, where I was a professor, department chair, and an Associate Dean. Over the last two years, I was Dean at the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. So, if you want travel tips for Northern California-Napa, Lake Tahoe, San Fran, Big Sur, Yosemite-I'm your guy. Professionally, I've written three management textbooks that are used at over 150 different universities, published research in numerous management and psychology journals, taught in London every summer for the last 12 years (I'll be taking Butler students to London next summer) and have taught Executive Education for over two decades. Jenny and I have three sons of whom we're very proud, one beautiful granddaughter in Dallas who, thanks to our daughter-in-law and her trusty videocam, is a YouTube star (well, at least for us), and three dogs and two cats who are more trouble than our kids ever were, but unlike our sons, are willing to follow us around for snacks.

Become Involved with the College of Business

If you would like to address a class, interview students for internships or job opportunities, could use an undergraduate or MBA team to tackle a problem in your business, or are in need of professional business consulting via the Butler Business Accelerator, please contact me.

I look forward to meeting many of you over the next year in a series of Meet the Dean events (details to follow), but, in the meantime, feel free to contact me by email or at (800) 368-6852, ext. 8491. I'm thrilled to be at Butler's College of Business and look forward to serving you as Dean.

Chuck Williams, Dean
College of Business