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Executive Council

Kate Morris

Kathryn Morris—Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Morris earned her bachelor of arts from Gettysburg College and both her master of arts and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of expertise include social psychology, psychology of gender, methodology and statistics. Morris is a charter member and the first president of Butler's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and has received numerous honors and awards during her time at Butler. Within her professional organizations, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Morris has done considerable work to develop and improve mentoring programs, empower teachers and develop collaboration among teachers.


Claire Konopa Aigotti—General Counsel

Claire Konopa Aigotti became Butler University's first General Counsel in August, 2013. As the General Counsel, she oversees all University legal matters, including those related to human resources and employment, student policies and discipline, business negotiations and contracts, real estate, litigation, and risk management. 

A 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she previously served as Associate General Counsel at the University of Note Dame where she led the Litigation and Student Issues team for the Office of General Counsel. In that capacity, she represented the University in all aspects of state and federal court litigation including personal injury, discrimination, breach of contract, student issues, collections, tenure and employment, and worker's compensation. Ms. Aigotti also represented the University in matters stemming from Office of Civil Rights inquiries or complaints. In addition to contract drafting and review, she provided legal advice to University departments in areas of potential liability and litigation, managing risk and preventative law, and areas specific to student academics, discipline, and behavioral standards.  

From 1996 through 2007, she was a partner at the law firm Konopa, Reagan and Aigotti, P.C. where she devoted her time to a variety of civil litigation matters including personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith, and divorce matters through mediations, trials, and appeals. 

After graduating from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, she received her juris doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 1996. 

For the school year 2008-2009, she was a concurrent Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School teaching courses in Trial Advocacy and Deposition Skills.

She was on the Board of Governors for the St. Joseph County Bar Association from 2006-2012, is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, and was a Barrister in the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court. 

Bruce Arick

Bruce E. Arick—Vice President for Finance and Administration

Since 1997, Bruce E. Arick has served the University as assistant treasurer and vice president for Finance. In January 2012, his duties were expanded to include management oversight of facilities, human resources, information technology, and Clowes Memorial Hall. His title was modified to vice president for finance and administration. Arick's previously held positions at the University include assistant controller, controller and senior accountant. He also served as controller at Southern Bells Inc., as well as staff accountant and senior auditor with Ernst & Young LLP, both located in Indianapolis. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University and became a Certified Public Accountant of Indiana in 1991. Arick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Indiana CPA Society and National Association of College and University Business Officers. He currently serves on the Provision Ministry Group Board, Audit Committee of East 91st Street Christian Church, Audit Committee of Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc., and the Finance Committee of Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Melissa Beckwith

Melissa Beckwith—Vice President for Strategy and Innovation

Melissa Beckwith became the University’s first Vice President for Strategy and Innovation in 2017 after successfully serving as the Interim Vice President for Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Innovation. Beckwith came to the Marketing and Communications Department from the Butler Business Consulting Group (BBCG), where she started as Manager and Practice Lead. At the BBCG, she worked with a diverse group of industries, from manufacturing and distribution to higher education. She also has served as Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation in Information Technology at Butler. Before returning to her alma mater, she served as the Director of Business Development and Client Services at MarketVision Communications Inc., and Associate Director of Marketing Communications for Valparaiso University. Beckwith earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Butler and an MBA from Valparaiso in 2005.


Barry Collier—Vice President and Director of Athletics

Since August 2006, Barry Collier has served as the athletic director at Butler University. Previously, he coached college basketball for 30 years, including the position of head coach at both Butler University and University of Nebraska, as well as assistant coach positions at Rose-Hulman, Seattle Central Community College, Idaho, Oregon and Stanford universities. Collier first came to Butler as a student-athlete in 1974, following two years at Miami-Dade Community College, and played basketball under Coach George Theofanis for two seasons. He earned a bachelor's degree from Butler in 1976 and a master's degree from Indiana State University in 1977. Collier serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, NCAA Men's Basketball Issues Committee, NCAA FCS Governance Committee, Horizon League Executive Council and Horizon League Finance Committee.

Lori Greene

Lori Greene—Vice President for Enrollment Management

Lori Greene brings more than 20 years of experience to Butler, starting with six years at her undergraduate alma mater, Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama. She worked there as a tour guide while a student and, after graduation in 1994, as an Admission Counselor. She worked her way up to Associate Director of Admissions (and earned an MBA at the University of South Alabama) before moving to Loyola University New Orleans, where she spent eight years. In 2008, she joined the administration at Loyola University Chicago, where she was Director of Undergraduate Admission. Greene and her husband, Greg, have a 2-year-old daughter, Gillian. 

Frank RossFrank E. Ross III—Vice President for Student Affairs

Frank joined Butler in June 2017, after serving as Vice President for Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Vice President for Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University. 

Frank is a national leader in the student affairs profession with involvement in NASPA, the preeminent international association dedicated to the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. He served as a member of the NASPA Board of Directors, was the national director of Knowledge Communities, and served as chair for the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference. He also was a member of the James E. Scott Academy Board for senior student affairs officers.

Frank has received awards and recognition from NASPA, the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, the National Academic Advising Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the American College Personnel Association for his work and research. In addition, he received the 2016 Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University.

Lisa BrooksLisa Brooks—Dean, Jordan College of the Arts

Lisa Brooks  received both a bachelor's and master's degree in violin performance in four years from West Virginia University, where she was a student of Donald Portnoy. While completing her doctorate in violin performance from the State University of NewYork at Stony Brook, she studied with Joyce Robbins, and as a member of the Stony Brook graduate piano trio, coached extensively with Julius Levine and Gilbert Kalish. Other important teachers have included Rafael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Stanley Ritchie, William DePasquale, and Carol Taleff.

 

Meagan Burton-KriegerMeagan C. Burton-Krieger—Chief of Staff

Meagan Burton-Krieger joined the staff of the Office of the President from University Advancement, where she served as Director of Donor Relations. Before joining the Butler family in 2016, Burton-Krieger successfully launched a comprehensive university-wide stewardship program at Vanderbilt University as Director of Annual Giving Stewardship. Prior to joining Vanderbilt’s Office of Annual Giving, she oversaw Vanderbilt Divinity School’s annual fund. Burton-Krieger has held professional roles in a variety of higher education settings, including the Provost’s Office at the University of Vermont and as a member of the Albion College Board of Trustees. 

Throughout her career, Burton-Krieger has dedicated particular attention and research towards understanding the roles of university leadership and philanthropy in fostering student success and creating a supportive campus climate. She believes Butler is a place educating active citizens dedicated to serving our community, and she is passionate about modeling that commitment by volunteering throughout the city. Burton-Krieger currently serves on the board of the Crooked Creek Food Pantry and as Chair of the board of advisors for Thrival Academy: Indy, a new study abroad public high school designed to provide personalized and culturally immersive education to IPS students. 

Burton-Krieger earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Albion College, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.

Stephanie Judge CripeStephanie Judge Cripe—Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Stephanie Judge Cripe is a strategic marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in higher education marketing. She is the University’s brand manager and has a strategic leadership role in the University’s branding and marketing efforts. She manages the division’s leadership team including account planning, creative services, external relations, arts marketing, and enrollment marketing.

Cripe previously held the positions of Director of Marketing Strategy for Butler University and Director of Marketing for the Butler College of Business (now the Lacy School of Business), in addition to serving as a marketing consultant for higher education clients. Prior to Butler, she served as the Manager of Marketing and Recruitment for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

She earned a Master of Business Administration from Butler University and a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising from the University of Nebraska. Her areas of expertise and experience are marketing strategy, branding, research and analytics, strategic planning, student recruitment, and integrated marketing communications. She has held board positions with the American Marketing Association and CASE Indiana, and has presented at the AMA Symposium for Higher Education Marketing, CASE Indiana conferences, and CASE District V conferences.

Anila DinAnila Din—Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Anila Din joined Butler University in 2013 as Director of Employee Relations. She was promoted to Director of Organizational Effectiveness, and in August 2017 became Associate Vice President for Human Resources. In her current role, she also is a consultant for the Office of the President and Office of the Provost.

Before coming to Butler, she spent 17 years at Ivy Tech Community College, where she was a faculty member in School of Business, worked in Human Resources as Assistant Director for Organizational Development, and served as Student Advocate/Ombudsman.

Din, who is from Nairobi, Kenya, started her career working in United Nations World Food Program, where she was Manager, Procurement/Logistics, coordinating the procurement and delivery of relief supplies for humanitarian aid via air-drops, road transportation, or barges to the Southern Sudan. She earned her bachelor's degree and MBA at the University of Nairobi, and she also has earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

Jay Howard

Jay Howard—Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Since 2010, Jay Howard has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at Butler University. Previously, he held various leadership positions at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), including interim vice chancellor and dean and head of the Division of Liberal Arts. Howard earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Indiana University South Bend in 1988, and both his master's degree (1990) and doctorate (1992) in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Howard's research interests range from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to religion and popular culture. His work has been in numerous publications, and he has co-authored several books, including Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music (University Press of Kentucky, 1999), which was named a 2000 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title. Howard is a Fellow of the P.A. Mack Center at Indiana University for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning, and has served in various capacities for other community and professional organizations.

Michelle JarvisMichelle Jarvis—Associate Provost

Michelle Jarvis received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Butler University. She joined the Jordan College of the Arts dance faculty in 1986 after teaching at Millikin University and the Jordan College Academy of Dance. She is a former company member of Dance Kaleidoscope and later became their company teacher for several seasons; she also performed with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre.

In addition to her duties at Butler, Jarvis has been a guest teacher at the Hartford School of Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Springfield Ballet, Young Audiences of Indiana, Summer Arts Institute, True Academy of Dance Lincoln, Nebraska, Ballet Arkansas, and served as choreographer for various professional arts organizations throughout Indianapolis. She also served as resident choreographer for Indianapolis Opera, where she choreographed more than 20 operas. 

Jarvis served as the Chair of Butler's Department of Dance and Artistic Director of Butler Ballet from (2003–2010), Associate Dean (2010 and 2012–2016) and Interim Dean (2011–2012 and 2016–2017) at the Jordan College of the Arts. In addition, she served as a national officer and continues to participate as an accreditation evaluator for the National School of Dance.

Chad Knoderer

Chad Knoderer—Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Chad Knoderer ’99 is Associate Professor and Director for Clinical and Health Outcomes Research of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He graduated with his PharmD from Butler University in 1999. After graduating, he completed two years of residency training specializing in pediatrics. Knoderer practiced with the pediatric cardiovascular surgery and cardiology sections at Riley Hospital for Children as well as the pediatric infectious diseases and nephrology sections. Upon joining the Butler University faculty as a co-funded faculty member, Knoderer established the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Riley Hospital for Children and served as Program Director until moving to his current campus-based faculty role in August 2011. He currently teaches pediatric pharmacotherapy as well as biostatistics and research design and oversees pharmacy student clinical research.  

Julie Miller

Julie Miller—Dean of Libraries

Julie Miller joined Butler University as dean of libraries in 2012 with over 13 years of experience in academic library leadership. She is responsible for library policy, planning and assessment, resource allocation, and facilities. Butler University Provost Kathryn Morris added leadership for the Center for Academic Technology to Miller’s role in August 2014. In March 2015, Miller received the Butler University Woman of Distinction award for staff. Before joining the University, Miller served in leadership positions at Eastern Washington University and Western New Mexico University. Miller graduated from Ohio University with a PhD in English Language and Literature and from Kent State University with a master’s in Library Science. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University. Miller is active in professional library associations including the Association of College & Research Libraries and the Library Leadership and Management Association as well as the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana consortium.

University Advancement Vice President Jonathan PurvisJonathan Purvis—Vice President for University Advancement

Jonathan Purvis was named Vice President for University Advancement in 2018. Before joining Butler, he served as Vice President for Development and Regional Campuses at Indiana University. Prior to that, Purvis served as Executive Director of Development and Alumni relations for the Indiana University School of Education and Senior Director for Capital Projects at Washington University in St. Louis. He has also held varied positions at the Indiana University Foundation ranging from Executive Director of Special Gifts and Annual Giving to Assistant to the President. Purvis has 20 years of higher education development experience, holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential and has taught a variety of fundraising courses at Indiana University. He is a frequent presenter with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and is a contributing author to the third edition of the acclaimed Achieving Excellence in Fundraising. Purvis holds a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Public Affairs, both from Indiana University.

 

Travis Ryan

Travis Ryan—Vice Chair, Faculty Senate, and Professor of Biological Sciences

Travis Ryan is a Professor of Biological Sciences with expertise in urban ecology and conservation biology, and he is one of the founding faculty of the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University. Ryan's past research focused on the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, evolutionary ecology of amphibians and the evolution of life histories, and the ecology of turtle assemblages and the spatial ecology of turtles within urban aquatic habitats. Working with colleagues Carmen Salsbury and Julia Angstmann, he has launched a new project, Indy Wildlife Watch, which deploys camera traps throughout Indianapolis, from the urban core through the suburbs and into rural outlying areas, to document the wildlife of the city. 

Ena Shelley

Ena Shelley—Dean, College of Education

Joining Butler in 1982 as an assistant professor of early childhood education, Ena Shelley served twice as interim dean before being appointed dean of the College of Education in June 2005. Shelley earned both her bachelor's degree (1973) and master's degree (1976) in elementary and early childhood education, as well as her doctorate in child psychology and early childhood education (1981) from Indiana State University. She has been involved extensively in state and national legislation concerning K-12 education, and was an integral player in the creation of partnerships between Butler University and Indianapolis Public Schools. Her work in education has earned her numerous honors, including the Outstanding Educator Award from the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents and a "Women of Influence" award from Indianapolis Business Journal. Shelley serves in leadership roles for multiple educational and professional organizations, such as the Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the North American Reggio Educators Alliance, where she was instrumental in establishing the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative.

Bob Soltis

Bob Soltis—Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert Soltis ’87 joined Butler University in 2016 after 24 years at Drake University, where he was the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology. At Drake, Soltis served as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical, and Administrative Sciences in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from 2003–2012. He was involved in a variety of innovative projects, including leading efforts to renovate lab spaces and developing and implementing a new undergraduate degree in health sciences. In addition, he has been engaged in strategic planning and earned a reputation for being an excellent teacher, scholar, and collaborative, transparent leader. Prior to joining Drake, he was a Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT Fellow) at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. At Butler, he oversees the University’s second-largest college, with 937 students. Soltis earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (cum laude) from Butler and his doctorate in Pharmacology/Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991. 


Stephen Standifird—Dean, Lacy School of Business 

Stephen Standifird is Dean of the Lacy School of Business. Prior to joining Butler University in 2014, Standifird served as the dean of the business school at the University of Evansville. He previously held the positions of Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs and Director of Undergraduate Programs, both at the University of San Diego. Standifird earned the B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University (1989) before earning the Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University (1994), and a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the University of Oregon (1999). During his career in higher education, he has served as a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, Poland, has been published more than two dozen times in nearly as many publications, and has presented at numerous conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Inquiry and Corporate Reputation Review.

Jeremy Walthall

Jeremy Walthall—Chair, Staff Assembly and LAS Internship and Career Advisor, Internship and Career Services

Jeremy Walthall started at Butler University in 2009 as the Program Assistant for Internship and Career Services. Walthall previously served as the Fall Alternative Break Advisor and the Practicum Intern for the Learning Resource Center. He transitioned to his current role as the LAS Internship and Career Advisor in August 2013. Walthall served on the Staff Assembly Executive Committee for two years before becoming the Chair of Staff Assembly in June 2016. Prior to coming to Butler, Walthall worked in various information technology positions for 12 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Bachelor of Science in Business, and a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University. Walthall is an active member of the National Associate of Colleges and Employers (NACE). He and his wife, Eileen, have two children, Liam and Lily.  

Pete Williams

Peter Williams—Associate Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer 

Peter Williams joined Butler University in June 2015 with responsibility for strategy and vision of the University’s technology initiatives. Williams came to Butler from Marian University, where he was Assistant Vice President, Chief Information Officer. In 2011, Marian built the state of Indiana’s first new medical school in over 100 years. In its second year of operation, it was called “the most technologically advanced college of osteopathic medicine in the country.” Williams also has held technology-related positions with several Central Indiana companies in consulting, healthcare, finance, and ecommerce. Williams also volunteers as a technology advisor for local K-12 schools. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in General Studies and his Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences from Ball State University where, as an undergraduate, he was a member of the 1996 MAC championship football team.