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March 2001

Release Date: March 20, 2001

Butler Named Dean of Business at Angelo State

Michael W. Butler, who has served as dean of the College of Business at the University of North Alabama for the past four years, has been named dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies at Angelo State University.

ASU Academic Affairs Vice President Donald V. Coers announced Butler will assume his duties, effective June 25. Butler will succeed Robert K. Hegglund, who is stepping down as dean.

Butler's teaching fields include economic theory, finance and statistics. He has been associated with the University of North Alabama since 1974 when he joined the faculty as professor and founding chair in the Department of Economics and Finance. He served as department chair for 10 years. He was named dean of the University of North Alabama College of Business in 1997.

Coers said Butler's experience in business higher education as well as his corporate consulting, his numerous publications and his work on a variety of economic journals made him a highly qualified candidate for the position.

"Dr. Butler will be an asset not only to Angelo State University but also to West Texas," Coers said. "He is an academician who believes in building a network into the business community, and we at Angelo State are excited about the opportunities his leadership will be able to extend to our graduates as they move into the business world."

For example, Butler took a year's leave of absence from the University of North Alabama to serve as president and chief executive officer of Americall Inc., a long distance telephone company in 1984. He served as a consultant to the firm, providing oversight and corporate planning for the next eight years.

He also served two years as president of Communigroup of North Alabama, another long distance telephone company, and as director and corporate treasurer of North Alabama Beverage Co. for eight years.

Butler has served as a consultant for five financial institutions, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Alabama Public Service Commission and nine other businesses or industries. He has also served as an expert witness in proceedings in state court, federal court, administrative law court and federal bankruptcy court. -more-

He has served on the Management Advisory Board of Wise Alloys and as a director of Avalon Aluminum Corp. and Avalon-Borden Companies.

Butler has been involved in several professional associations and has served as president of the Southeastern Council of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, of the American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts and of the Midsouth Academy of Economics and Finance.

He has served as editor of the Journal of Legal Economics since 1990 and has been on the editorial or advisory boards of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, Journal of Economics and Finance and Forensic Economic Abstracts. He has written and published on a variety of economic topics

Butler is a member of the American Economic Association, American Statistical Association, Western Economics Association, Southern Economic Association, National Association of Forensic Economists, American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts, American Rehabilitation Economics Association and American Board of Forensic Examiners.

He holds his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arkansas. He has both a master's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.