Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak appointed Dr. Barbara Butts-Williams, a Capella University dean, and Bill McCarthy, president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, to the newly-formed Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
The authority will build, own and operate the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. By statute, Mayor Rybak appoints two members of the five-member authority.
“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,” said Mayor Rybak. “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, Butts-Williams has served as dean of the School of Education at Capella University, where she has worked since 2002. Rybak said Butts-Williams has more than 40 years of executive and management experience in the public, private and higher-education sectors. Butts-Williams previously worked as an 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, Butts-Williams currently serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, the Northside Economic Opportunity Network and the Northside Achievement Zone.
“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,” said Dr. Butts-Williams. “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.”
Since 2002, McCarthy has served as the president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, which represents 75,000 workers from more than 100 affiliated unions, including construction workers, teachers, nurses, service workers and others.
For the past 10 years, McCarthy has also served on the Board of Directors of Greater Twin Cities United Way. Earlier this year, he won a national United Way award for labor leadership.
McCarthy is a Vietnam veteran and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He previously served as president of UNITE HERE Local 17, which represents workers in the hospitality industry in Minneapolis–Saint Paul.
Butts-Williams will serve until Dec. 31, 2015. McCarthy’s term runs until Dec. 31, 2016.