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|RHONDA C. BUTLER, Ph.D.|
Director of the MBA Program
Assistant Professor of Management
Office: Wilson Commerce Building 318-B
|Dr. Rhonda Butler accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Management at High Point
University in the fall of 2018, and was named Director of the MBA Program in the fall of 2019. This was a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Butler because she had taught for the PSB in an adjunct capacity in the Evening Degree Program from 1997 to 2000. It is quite a testament to her that 18 years later people still remembered her as a fine teacher, amiable colleague, and tremendous person. She initially came to HPU with professional experience with the Big Four firm, Price Waterhouse (PwC), and business acumen gained working with other iconic companies. During her time away from HPU, she enhanced her professional and academic credentials by becoming a seasoned business faculty member, administrator, national director of a large non-profit organization, and a PhD.
With a combination of scholarly and corporate experience and a passion for developing leaders, Dr. Butler has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and inspiring professor. Prior to rejoining the PSB, she was a full-time management instructor at Elon University. Her teaching engages students, and her teaching philosophy promotes experiential learning, professional partnerships, leader development, ethics and social responsibility, intercultural competence, and global awareness. Dr. Butler also previously served at Bennett College as Assistant Professor of Business and Diversity and the first Executive Director of Entrepreneurship. At Bennett she taught various business courses, created an academic minor, established and directed the Entrepreneurship Institute for Young Women, developed a regional championship-winning Students in Free Enterprise competition team, and led students on business and leadership trips nationally and internationally.
For the Phillips School of Business, Dr. Butler teaches Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Work Teams in Organizations. She has taught a myriad of undergraduate and graduate business and management courses over her career. Her interests also include executive leader development, women’s leadership, management diversity, and management consulting.
Dr. Butler is a talented public speaker with several professional and academic affiliations and honors. She presents at conferences and in the community and has served on various boards in the arts, leadership, mental health, faith-based, and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Academy of Management, Society of Human Resource Management, INROADS Alumni, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Alumni, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, among other organizations.
Dr. Butler earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Management from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, her B.A. in Management, as well as a B.A. in Accounting from North Carolina State University, and her Master of Religion with a Counseling and Psychology concentration from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.