Craig Caldwell has been named Dean of Butler University’s Lacy School of Business. He has served in that role on an interim basis since July 1, 2021. 

In this role, Caldwell will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Lacy School. His primary areas of focus will include: 

  • Growth & Program Development
  • External Relationships and Partnerships
  • Strengthening Diversity & Inclusion
  • Optimizing Enrollment and Retention
  • Faculty Recruitment, Development, and Retention
  • Inspiring Leadership and Communication

Since joining Butler in 1999, Caldwell has served in a variety of roles, including Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer, Visiting Professor, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor of Marketing and Management. Caldwell also served as Chair of the Marketing & Management Department for three years.
“Craig has proven that he has the ideas, passion, and the trust of his colleagues to move Lacy School of Business forward together,” Brooke Barnett, Butler Provost, said. “After several years of transition, the School is poised to advance, and Craig is well positioned to lead that movement.”

The Lacy School is home to 1,099 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Accounting, Applied Business Technology (ABT), Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Risk Management & Insurance and 234 graduate students who pursue degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, and Risk and Insurance. The Lacy School of Business also hosts Butler’s Old National Bank Center for Business Excellence, Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, and Innovation Lab.

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

“The Lacy School’s accomplishments are based on an innovative approach to world- class, experiential, business education,” Caldwell said. “City leader and successful business person, Andre B. Lacy, recognized in our DNA an approach worthy of his investment. I am honored to serve as a steward of that investment, and as the Dean responsible for enabling outstanding faculty and talented students an opportunity to thrive.” 


About Butler University 

Butler University is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 22 countries. More than 75 percent of Butler students will participate in some form of internship, and Butler students have had significant success after graduation, as demonstrated by the University’s 97 percent placement rate within one year of graduation. The University was recently listed as the No. 1 regional university in the Midwest, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, in addition to being included in The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” guidebook.