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Office of the President

Executive Council

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

Bruce E. Arick has served the University in various capacities since 1990. Since 2012 he has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration and Assistant Treasurer with oversight of financial areas, facilities, information technology, and police department. He previously held positions at the University include Vice President for Finance, Controller, Assistant 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 National Association of College and University Business Officers. He currently serves on the Church Development Fund Capital, Inc. Board.

Brooke Barnett

Brooke Barnett—Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brooke Barnett joined Butler University in June 2019. Her career as a teacher and scholar spans more than 25 years. At Elon University Barnett chaired the faculty governing body and served on the President’s senior cabinet, most recently as Associate Provost for Academic and Inclusive Excellence. Barnett is a board member of AAC&U and serves as a faculty member for the HERS institutes for women leaders in higher education. Her monographs and co-edited books include Multidisciplinary Approaches to Communication Law Research (2006), Media Coverage of Crisis: The War on Terror and the Wars in Iraq (2005), The Press and Terrorism: An Uneasy Relationship (2009), An Introduction to Visual Theory and Practice in the Digital Age (2011), and Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions (2016). 

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 27 years of experience in enrollment management to Butler.  She began her career in higher education at her alma mater, Spring Hill College located in Mobile, Alabama. During this time she earned her MBA from the University of South Alabama.  In 2000, she transitioned to Loyola University New Orleans, where she spent eight years in the Office of Admission.  By 2008, Lori moved from the Dean of Admission role and joined the Loyola University Chicago Office of Admission as the Director of Undergraduate Admission.  Her tenure at Butler began in April of 2015 as the Vice President for Enrollment Management.  

Over the years, Lori has been an active member, and Board Director nominee, for the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  She has served in numerous roles within the Southern ACAC, Illinois ACAC, and presently within the Indiana ACAC which includes serving as the Admission Practices Co-Chair.  Lori also serves as a member of the Common App Board in the role of the Finance Committee Chair and serves on the Development Committee as a Board Member for the International Center of Indiana. 

Aaron Hurt

Aaron Hurt—Executive Director for Butler Arts and Events Center

Aaron Hurt joined the University with the opening of the Schrott Center in 2013 and has since worked in various roles in the Butler Arts Center up to his current position of Executive Director, which he has held since August of 2018. Aaron oversaw the merger of the Butler Arts Center and University Events into one division, the Butler Arts and Events Center, which oversees 1,400 events annually across the University—everything from week-long Broadway runs in Clowes Memorial Hall to receptions and meetings across campus. Aaron was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class of 2020, and in 2016 he was named to the International Association of Venue Managers’ 30 Under 30 class. Aaron is an alum of Butler University’s Arts Administration program and is proud to work for the University that launched him into the career he loves.

Lorrie Ortiz, Vice President of Human Resources

Lorrie Ortiz—Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Lorraine Ortiz, JD, CPC, has been selected to serve as Vice President, Human Resources at Butler University, effective June 1, 2021.  Ortiz will lead the transformation of Butler’s Human Resources division into a strategic, trusted campus partner that provides responsive policies, services, and programs for the Butler community. She will lead and implement process and technology improvements to ensure that faculty and staff have access to consistent, high quality HR information, services, and resources; serve as the chief advocate and strategist for issues related to people; and provide inspirational leadership to an evolving team of HR professionals. Additionally, Ortiz will help provide campus-wide leadership in operationalizing Butler’s commitment to the racial and ethnic diversification of the staff and faculty, and further existing efforts to perpetuate equitable and inclusive work environments.

A strategic HR professional delivering a talent strategy that exceeds the needs of the institution while enabling team members to serve in fulfilling and meaningful roles, Lorrie has experience working in a variety of industries including restaurant and hospitality, entertainment, retail, manufacturing, non-profit, and government and healthcare.  She has led and coordinated HR services and support for team members across states such as California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, Indiana, and Illinois.  Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Riley Children’s Health, the only comprehensive level 1 trauma center in the state of Indiana. While there, Lorrie built a dedicated HR team to support over 3,000 caregivers and implement the first multi-year human resources strategy to align Riley’s talent around business strategies and goals. Within leadership and development, Lorrie also developed and launched a tiered professional development program from executives to front-line supervisors to elevate performance and align leaders to meet the strategic goals of the hospital. 

Ortiz earned a BA in English from Whittier College in California and a JD from Santa Clara School of Law, also in California.  Lorrie is a certified executive coach, a StrengthsFinder coach, and a Prosci change management practitioner.  In her spare time, Lorrie enjoys spending time with her husband of 22 years and her four children, dancing, baking, and learning about culture and history. 

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University Advancement Vice President Jonathan Purvis

Jonathan 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.

Brent Rockwood

Brent Rockwood—Vice President and Chief of Staff

Brent Rockwood ‘00 returned to his alma mater in November of 2019 to serve as Vice President, Chief of Staff at Butler University. Rockwood also oversees the University’s Marketing/Communications and External Affairs Divisions as well as a range of initiatives intended to advance the University’s strategy. He represents Butler in the community, serves as a liaison across campus, and works with the Board of Trustees, President’s Office, and leadership team on a variety of significant University projects—including a leadership role, as appointed by President James M. Danko, to manage the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A graduate of Butler, Rockwood played on the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame basketball team in 1996–1997. He worked for Eli Lilly and Company in a variety of sales, brand, and marketing roles after graduation. In 2007, Rockwood earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and proceeded to serve as a director in the areas of communications, community partnerships, government affairs, and investor and media relations for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to returning to Butler, Rockwood served as Senior Vice President of Corporate, Community and Public Relations for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Since 2019, Rockwood has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Indianapolis Urban League.

Frank Ross, Vice President for Student Affairs

Frank E. Ross III—Vice President for Student Affairs

Frank joined Butler University in 2017, after serving as Vice President for Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.  Before that he was the 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. Currently, Frank is a steering committee member for NASPA Advisory Services.

Frank earned his PhD in higher education from Indiana University, and then completed the higher education management development program at Harvard University.

The majority of his scholarship has focused on student development and success in the first college year, with a special emphasis on creating conditions for success for students from underrepresented backgrounds and identities. Frank previously served as the Editor of the Journal of Learning Communities Research. His latest publication is a book focusing on professional competencies in student affairs.

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.

Mark Apple, Director of Strategic Communications

Mark Apple—Director of Strategic Communications

Mark Apple joined Butler University in November 2020 and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Communications. His responsibilities include corporate communications, crisis communications and media relations. Over his career, Mark has held similar positions with Marian University, Harrison College, and Comcast among others. He is a lifelong Hoosier who earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, with a double major in Journalism and Speech Communication. Away from work, Mark enjoys spending time with his three children, traveling, live music, and attending sporting events.

Lisa Brooks

Lisa Brooks—Dean, Jordan College of the Arts

Lisa Brooks came to Butler in 1994 as a member of the violin faculty. Prior to her appointment as Dean of JCA, she served as Chair of the School of Music and Director of the Graduate Music Program. She held previous faculty appointments at Baylor University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Messiah College, and Dickinson College. Brooks received both a bachelor's and master's degree in violin performance from West Virginia University. Her doctorate in violin performance is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Brooks is currently principal second violinist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and a frequent substitute musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on both violin and viola. She presents the pre-concert lectures for the Ensemble Music Society, and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

In 2013, Brooks received the inaugural Faculty Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership from Butler University, and in 2001, she received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Craig CaldwellCraig Caldwell—Interim Dean, Andre B. Lacy School of Business

Since joining Butler in 1999, Craig Caldwell has demonstrated his commitment to students in a variety of roles, including Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer, Visiting Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, and currently Associate Professor of Marketing and Management. Caldwell also served as Chair of the Marketing & Management Department for three years. In the Indianapolis community, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana and the International School of Indiana. 

Caldwell teaches in the MBA and Master of Science in Risk & Insurance programs, delivering classes on Leadership, Strategy, and Organizational Change. Caldwell has won seven teaching awards, four advising awards, and was elected by the student body as the faculty speaker for the 2015 commencement ceremony.

As Associate Dean of the LSB, Caldwell was the Chair of the Space Planning Committee, working closely with faculty and staff to determine needs and requirements for the new building. Later, he worked closely with Butler Facilities and CSO Architects during the building of the new structure. He also leads Assurance of Learning efforts for the LSB’s four graduate degrees, served on the LSB’s Strategic Planning Committee, served on the University’s Graduate Council, and managed the LSB Summer Faculty Research Program. In the LSB, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the graduate programs and for new graduate program development, including coordinating the design and launch of the Master of Science in Risk & Insurance degree, Butler’s first online degree, and the Master of Arts in Management. He is currently working with Noodle Partners, Butler’s online program manager, on the development of an online MBA, as well as a three-college initiative to create the Master of Science in Analytics.

Caldwell is a coauthor of a book on leadership titled The Catalyst Effect. His academic work has appeared in the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Business and Society, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, The Monitor, Business and Society Review, and Management Accounting Quarterly. Caldwell holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a BA from Anderson University.

John Conley

Chief John Conley—Chief of Public Safety

Chief John Conley served 39 years with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) before joining the University Police in 2015. He held many leadership positions with IMPD to include Deputy Chief of Operations, Commander of Southeast District, and Lieutenant in their Human Resource office. Chief Conley is a 2002 graduate of the FBI National Academy and was instrumental in co-planning police operations for Super Bowl XLVI which was held in Indianapolis. He has been the recipient of the American Legion Spartan Award for Valor and Police Officer of the Year.

Elise Edwards

Elise Edwards—Vice Chair, Faculty Senate, and Professor of Anthropology

Elise Edwards is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History and Anthropology. Edwards completed her BA in International Studies at Stanford University (1991), and her MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan (2003). Her research focuses primarily on the worlds of soccer—from the professional ranks to amateur levels—in contemporary Japan and the ways the sport intersects with and shapes social, political, and economic realities in the country. More recently, she has spent time researching and writing about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (now scheduled for summer 2021). In addition to teaching a range of courses about Japan and East Asia, Edwards regularly teaches courses about museum studies, anthropological methods and theory, and science and technology studies. She is an affiliate faculty member in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; and the Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies programs at Butler. Edwards both played and coached soccer in Japan’s professional “L-League” in the mid-1990s and was the goalkeeping coach with Butler University’s women’s soccer team for 13 years.

Amia Foston

Amia K. Foston—Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Amia K. Foston, an experienced higher education professional, rejoined Butler in late 2019 to lead the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), after previously serving as assistant director for three years. OIRA’s responsibilities range from administering end-of-course surveys and reporting institutional data externally to coordinating campus-wide assessment and providing timely analyses and insights internally to help inform decision-making.

Before returning to Butler, Foston worked in higher education philanthropy as the strategic impact and research officer at Lumina Foundation. He has also conducted state-wide education and workforce research at the Indiana Business Research Center affiliated with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Earlier in his career, Amia also served as a senior-level administrator for a small private university in the Midwest.

Foston is a double-graduate of Howard University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and later earned his PhD in sociology from Indiana University - Bloomington. 

Amia lives in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood with his wife and daughter.

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh—Interim Dean, College of Communication

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh is the Interim Dean of the College of Communication and the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Communication. Before her appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh served as director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media for five years. She joined Butler University in 2005 and has taught classes in news writing, gender and news, and global media. Dr. Geertsema-Sligh holds a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North-West University in South Africa. She is a past chair of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a past co-chair of the Gender and Communication section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Her research has been published in several leading academic journals.

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.

Stephanie Judge Cripe

Stephanie 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.

Brooke Kandel-Cisco

Brooke Kandel-Cisco—Dean, College of Education

Brooke Kandel-Cisco started at Butler in 2009 as a faculty member and has served as Director of the Master of Science in Effective Teaching and Learning Program, Chair of COE Graduate Programs, and Interim Dean for the College of Education. She has taught courses in English as a second language (ESL) within the COE, worked closely with teachers in Washington Township schools’ ESL and Newcomer Programs, and is the Past President of the Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL). She also served as a senior research associate at the Texas A&M University Education Research Center studying state education data,  a bilingual and ESL teacher in Houston, TX, and as an Immigrant Advocate for AmeriCorps. Her areas of specialization are culturally- and linguistically-sustaining practices, school-family-community engagement, ESL teacher professional development, and teacher leadership. 

Dean Kandel-Cisco earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Goshen College, a master’s degree in Bilingual and ESL Education from the University of Houston, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.

Jill McKinney, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jill McKinney—Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jill McKinney has served at the University since 2009, most recently assuming the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs to emphasize co-curricular, high-impact areas. In collaboration with colleagues, over her nearly 13 years at Butler, McKinney has steadily increased our rankings in study abroad to currently be in the Top 5 nationally, secured over $1 million in grant funding, worked with faculty across all six Colleges to create innovative courses abroad, and has advocated for immigration access for international students and staff. She represents Butler as a board member for the International Center where she holds the elected office as board treasurer. With an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and German, it was her study abroad experience which clarified her vocational goal of helping college students go overseas. She holds a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Ball State University and another master’s degree in Effective Teaching and Leadership from Butler’s College of Education. In her spare time, she cheers on her two teenage children who are competitive swimmers, and even officiates meets as a certified USA Swimming Official.

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.

Associate Vice President of Facilities/Chief Facilities Officer Doug Morris

Doug Morris—Associate Vice President of Facilities and Chief Facilities Officer

Doug Morris has served Butler University in numerous capacities since arriving in 2014. Since 2015 he has served as the Associate Vice President of Facilities and Chief Facilities Officer after serving as the interim position for over a year. Previously he served Butler University as the Director of Planning, Design and Construction when he arrived in 2014. Prior to Butler, Doug held positions such as staff architect with Schenkel & Shultz, Project Architect with Archonics, Inc., before opening his own architecture firm in 1984. After operating his own business, Doug joined Facilities and Operations as the Division Director of Facilities for Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. From there he has served as Department Head of Building Services with Methodist Hospital, Vice President of Operations and Facilities for IU Health (previously Clarian Health), and Vice President of Healthcare with Hunt Construction Group. In 1977 he received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Ball State University, and he is a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Institute of Architects, and American Society of Hospital Engineering. Doug also volunteers his time with a position on the Ball State Construction Management Program Advisory Board, Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety, Near North Development Corporation, Indiana Construction Roundtable, and Indianapolis Arts Center.

Austin Oldham

Austin Oldham—Director for Risk Management and Insurance

Austin Oldham has served as the Director of Risk Management and Insurance at Butler University since 2018. Previously, he held positions as a risk analyst at Purdue University and associate underwriter at Burns & Wilcox. Oldham's duties include risk financing, transfer and mitigation activities as well as overseeing the University's enterprise risk management program. He is also a proud graduate from the Butler University Davey Risk Management & Insurance program. Oldham serves on the Board for the Indianapolis Chapter of the Risk Management Society (RIMS) and works with Biglife, a missions organization in over 130 countries, providing training and support.

Travis RyanTravis Ryan, Associate Provost

Travis Ryan was appointed Associate Provost in July 2021. He completed BS and MS degrees in biology at Western Carolina University and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Missouri. Following a post-doctoral appointment at the Savanah River Ecology Lab and a visiting professorship at Furman University, Ryan joined the faculty of Butler University in 2001 in the Department of Biological Sciences, and was promoted to Professor in 2014. While at Butler, he has served as the Interim Director of the Science, Technology, and Society program, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Vice Chair of Faculty Senate, and Faculty Director of the Core Curriculum. The author or co-author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, Ryan’s research is in the areas of urban ecology and biological conservation. He has served on the editorial board of the journal Urban Naturalist since its inception, as well as the editorial boards of Herpetological Review and The Journal of Herpetology in the past. 

Bob Soltis

Bob Soltis—Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert Soltis ’87 joined Butler University in 2016. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he was a faculty member at Drake University serving as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical, and Administrative Sciences, and held the title Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His most recent work is in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is the co-author of the textbook Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Sciences: An Integrated Approach and was elected to the Academy of Pharmacology Educators of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Soltis earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (cum laude) from Butler, his doctorate in Pharmacology/Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991 and was a Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT Fellow) at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

Jon Sorenson

Jon Sorenson—Chair, Faculty Senate, and Professor of Computer Science

Jon Sorenson is a professor of computer science, with primary research expertise in the design and analysis of algorithms for problems in number theory, such as factoring large integers and testing for prime numbers.  His research often makes use of Big Dawg, Butler’s first cluster supercomputer, which was donated to Butler by Frank Levinson.  Recently, Jon has published papers with Butler colleagues Ankur Gupta (computer science), Jonathan Webster (mathematics), and his daughter Brianna Sorenson, a May 2020 Butler graduate.  In the summer of 2020, Jon finished a 15-year term as department chair, overseeing a growth from roughly 35 students in 2005 to over 130 in 2019.  In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses in computer science, he taught mathematics courses in the past, and he occasionally teaches an honors course on Alan Turing.

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.