School of Professional Studies
M.B.A., 2001, Webster University
M.S.A., 1987, Central Michigan University
M.S., 1980, Indiana University
B.S., 1975, Indiana University
Certified Government Financial Manager, 1995
With 31 years of experience as a financial expert with the U.S. Government, Professor Butler has served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for six different federal government activities. He also worked extensively for the Army Corps of Engineers, rising to become the finance and accounting officer for the Corp. He also served as facilities resource manager for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
In his final position with the federal government, he was selected to be the CFO for the Food Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the budget, accounting, grants, and financial systems required to manage more than $100 billion.
As director of financial reporting for the Department of Defense, he was responsible for financial reporting for the entire department, including the financial statements which reflected $1.7 trillion in assets, along with other significant financial reporting requirements and financial metrics.
He particularly enjoyed several overseas assignments which helped him realize one of his dreams: to live in other parts of the world. He served with the Eighth U.S. Army in Seoul, Korea, managing a division that provided analytical and management consulting services. In Zweibruecken, West Germany, he served as the director of resource management for the U.S. military community stationed there.
Professor Butler is also an accomplished public speaker. He has traveled extensively, speaking and providing consulting services for various federal activities around the world.
Prior to his government service, he was a teacher in the Indianapolis, Ind., public school system where he taught science, coached several sports and served as a staff unit leader in an inner-city school.
As Olivet’s newest business faculty member, Professor Butler teaches finance and accounting courses and is the advisor to corporate finance majors. He is a member of the Financial Executives Networking Group and the American Society of Military Comptrollers.
He and his wife, Deanna (Allen), have two adult children, Alexander and Andrew. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf, running and traveling.