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Kate MorrisKathryn 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.

Ben HunterBenjamin D. Hunter—Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Safety

Benjamin Hunter first joined Butler in 2008 as the Public Safety Director overseeing the University police department, environmental programs, and parking services. In January 2012, he was appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to Butler University’s President, James M. Danko.

Hunter now works to ensure that President Danko’s strategic vision for Butler is effectively implemented, and he cultivates and maintains the University’s state and federal relations. He is also responsible for the coordination of the President’s staff and Butler’s executive team.

Prior to his appointment at Butler, Hunter worked for the Indianapolis Police Department (IPD) in various roles. He graduated from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a bachelor's degree in political science and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Education and Leadership at Butler.

While a student at IUPUI, he worked with 11 other undergraduate students to create the Indiana Consortium for Volunteer Service, now known as the Indiana Campus Compact. Throughout Hunter's educational and professional careers, he has received several honors, including IUPUI's "Spirit of Philanthropy" award and the IPD Medal of Bravery. Hunter has held volunteer leadership roles for various community and professional organizations and currently serves on the board of Indiana Sports Corporation.

Hunter is an elected member of the Indianapolis City-County Council. He serves on the Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Finance and Administrative committees. Hunter is married to Keri, and they have two daughters, Emily and Libby. 

Claire AigottiClaire 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 ArickBruce 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.

Ronald CaltabianoRonald Caltabiano—Dean, Jordan College of the Arts

As dean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University, a position he assumed in 2011, Ronald Caltabiano is able to combine his interests in arts leadership, the arts within a liberal arts context, the integration and mutual influences of all the arts, and the relationship between arts and the community.

Prior to coming to Butler, he taught at the Manhattan School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory and San Francisco State University, where he also served as associate dean. He began his career as music assistant to composer Aaron Copland during the last five years of the composer's life. Caltabiano earned his bachelor's (1982), master's (1983) and doctorate (1988) in music degrees from The Juilliard School. He is a successful composer with a national reputation, and is widely recorded and published. Caltabiano has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

Barry CollierBarry 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.

Josh DowningJosh Downing—Chair, Staff Assembly and Associate Director, Health and Recreation Complex Operations

Josh Downing joined Butler University in June 2006. As the Associate Director of Recreation, HRC Operations, Downing oversees the overall operation of Butler's Health and Recreation Complex. He also serves as Chair of Staff Assembly. In this role, he advocates and serves as a liaison between staff and administration. Downing began his career at Indiana University as the Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports. He received his bachelor of science in sport management and master of science in recreational sports administration degrees from Indiana University's School of Public Health. Downing has held numerous leadership positions within NIRSA, the Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. He is actively involved in the youth sports community in the Center Grove area.

Gary R. EdgertonGary R. Edgerton—Dean, College of Communication

Joining Butler University in August 2012, Gary R. Edgerton serves as the first permanent dean of the College of Communication, which was founded in 2010. Prior to Butler, Edgerton was professor and chair of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. He also has taught at Bowling Green State University and Goucher College before joining Old Dominion. Edgerton earned his bachelor's degree in English and history from College of the Holy Cross in 1974, and both his master's degree (1979) and doctorate (1981) in communication from the University of Massachusetts. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Old Dominion University's 27th Annual Research Award in Recognition of a Distinguished Scholarly Career. Edgerton has published 10 books - with two more in the works - and more than 75 essays. He also has delivered more than 100 conference and keynote presentations, and averages two dozen commentaries a year since 1990. Among other editorial affiliations, Edgerton serves as co-executive editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television.

James Gallaher Jr.James Gallaher Jr.—Vice President of HR, Diversity, and Wellness

James Gallaher Jr. joined Butler in 2015 in the newly modified position of Vice President for HR, Diversity, and Wellness. Gallaher came to Butler from the University of Illinois, where he was Executive Director of the Executive Leadership Academy. Prior to that, he spent five years at Eastern Michigan University as Assistant Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. He also has worked for General Motors in various positions and has served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and the New Jersey National Guard. Gallaher earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, and he holds a Master of Education in Human Resource Development, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois.

Mary GrahamMary Graham—Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Before accepting the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences deanship at Butler University, Mary Graham was dean of New York's Albany College of Pharmacy from 1999 until June 2006, when she was appointed vice president of clinical and professional development. Prior to serving as dean, she was a faculty member in the Pharmacy Practice Department and assistant dean of professional affairs at the college. Graham received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh. Her achievements include numerous presentations and publications, service in community and professional organizations, and multiple honors, including the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists Board of Directors Award, Practitioner Recognition Award by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP) and Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals. Currently, she serves on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Commission on Credentialing, which approves and oversees most of the residency training in pharmacy throughout the United States.

Lori GreenLori 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. 

Jay HowardJay 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.

Levester JohnsonLevester Johnson—Vice President for Student Affairs

Better known as "L.J." to colleagues, friends and Butler students, Levester Johnson has served as the vice president for Student Affairs at Butler University for the past 16 years. His Twitter account, @LevesterJohnson, has received recognition throughout higher education, and has been featured in NASPA's Leadership Exchange magazine as well as's "25 College Presidents You Should Follow on Twitter" list. L.J. earned his bachelor of arts in broadcast communications from Marquette University, his master's degree in college student personnel from Southern Illinois University and his doctorate of education from Indiana University. He has held numerous leadership positions within higher education associations, including his current role as chair of the NASPA Board of Directors. L.J.'s past civic activities include serving on the board of directors of the 21st Century Charter School and the Fountain Square Charter School, as well as the board of directors for College Mentors for Kids! Inc.

Larry KennedyLarry Kennedy—Vice Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Laurence Kennedy serves as Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate. He is also an associate professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Laurence earned his B.S. in Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (Boston Campus) and completed a pharmacy residency at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics (Augusta) before completing his M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Care Administration at the University of Georgia (Athens). Kennedy served as Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department at Butler University from 1993 until 1999. He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education from 2008 until 2011 and has published more than two dozen articles and book chapters. Honors include receiving the Indiana Public Health Foundation Excellence in Health Research Sciences Award and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists highest national award for research in consultant pharmacy. Dr. Kennedy has also offered an on-line clinical laboratory for Shenandoah University between 2000 and 2004 and has served as a member of the Central Indiana Hospital Emergency Preparedness Task Force and National Medical Reserve Corp.

Mary RamsbottomMary Macmanus Ramsbottom—Associate Provost

Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom came to Butler in 2010 with over two decades of  higher education administrative experience focused on the liberal arts and student academic engagement and success, including advising, first-year experience, core curriculum, honors, undergraduate research, diversity, access, and retention. She served in academic leadership positions in Yale College, at Truman State University, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and completed two master’s degrees and a PhD in history at Yale University. Before becoming a full-time administrator in 1998, she was associate professor of history specializing in Early American history through the lens of religion, society, and the family as well as race and gender.

Rich MichalRich Michal—Executive Director of Operations

Rich joined Butler in February 2011 and is responsible for approximately 300 acres of grounds, 2.1 million square feet of buildings, and a staff of over 100 employees in three departments including maintenance services, building services, and planning design and construction. He has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in Construction Management engineering, a master’s in Business Administration in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and a bachelor’s and master’s in Architecture from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He has over 20 years of professional experience in construction management, utility regulation, consulting, and teaching, and is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-Accredited Professional.  

Matt MindrumMatt Mindrum—Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Matt Mindrum joined Butler University in 2013. In his role, Matt is charged with directing communications, enhancing recruitment and advancement efforts, elevating Butler's national reputation, and collaborating with University stakeholders to support the realization of the Butler 2020 Vision. He is also responsible for community relations and oversees the Butler Arts Center, including Clowes Memorial Hall. Mindrum came to Butler from Eli Lilly and Company, where he most recently served as the Marketing Director for Lilly's U.S. Alzheimer's business. He began his career with Lilly as a sales representative and also worked in Lilly's global marketing, consumer marketing, and managed markets groups. He received a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Matt is actively involved in the Indianapolis community and serves on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Opera and Midtown Indianapolis, Inc.

Julie MillerJulie 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.

Elizabeth MixElizabeth Mix—Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor, Art

Elizabeth Mix serves as Chair of Faculty Senate. She also is an associate professor of art in the Jordan College of the Arts. She holds a doctorate of art history from the University of Minnesota (1994). Her areas of expertise include nineteenth-century French visual culture, technology-based art (new media) and appropriation art. Her publications Evil by Design: The Creation and Marketing of the Femme-Fatale (University of Illinois Press, 2006), The Complete Mayeux: Use and Abuse of a French Icon (Peter Lang, 1997) and she is the co-author of Art Nouveau: A Research Guide for Design Reform in France, Belgium, England, and the United States (Garland, 1998). Dr. Mix is Faculty Director of the Core Curriculum, and served previously as Art Program Director, Special Projects Director for the Jordan College of the Arts and Co-Faculty Development Fellow.

Thomas ParadisThomas Paradis—Associate Provost

Tom Paradis started at Butler in August 2015 as Associate Provost and Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology. Born and raised in northern Connecticut, Tom obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Geography at the Pennsylvania State University (1992), and his Masters (1994) and PhD (1997) degrees in Geography from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He continued moving west to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1997 as faculty at Northern Arizona University (NAU). His areas of teaching and research interests encompass the topics of urban and cultural geography, downtown redevelopment, historic preservation, urban design, heritage tourism, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Tom further served as Director of Academic Assessment at NAU (2005–2011) and served as Chair of the Department of Geography, Planning & Recreation (2012–2015). He earned the President’s Faculty Award in 2004 and was chosen as a President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 2011. Tom has also led three consecutive summer study-abroad programs to Siena, Italy. He is the author of several books, including Living the Palio: A Story of Community and Public Life in Siena, Italy (2014), and the Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Landmarks (2012).

Ena ShelleyEna 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.

Stephen StandifirdStephen Standifird—Dean, College of Business 

Stephen Standifird is Dean of the Butler College 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.

Jaci ThiedeJaci Thiede—Vice President for Advancement

Jaci Thiede, Vice President for Advancement, has worked in advancement—supporting a university’s mission with an emphasis on fundraising and alumni relations—for more than 20 years. She came to Butler in 2015 to implement a long-term strategic fundraising plan that would allow the University to carry out its vision, and to build a department of experienced people who could inspire others to give and get involved. Thiede earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and because the support of her parents meant she didn’t graduate with debt, she soon realized she wanted to help other people have that same opportunity. After a brief stint working at a Colorado resort in conference services, she embarked on her advancement career by joining a fundraising consulting firm and helping to manage two campaigns for small, private colleges. She went on to earn an MBA from the College of William and Mary, then returned to her alma mater to spend a decade with the IU Foundation. She served as Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University School of Law from 2009 until joining Butler. 

Peter Williams—Chief InformPete Williamsation 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.