Brian Butler joined UMD in 2012 as a faculty member and has served as Director of the Master of Information Management (MIM) program, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), and Interim Dean. Over the past 5 years, he has provided operational leadership at the UMD iSchool, overseeing several facilities expansions and renovations; leading the launch of an undergraduate Information Science program that after 4 years has more than 1300 students; and supporting staff, faculty, and students as the College has doubled in size. His research and teaching is focused on developing theories and techniques that enable groups, communities, and organizations to harness the full potential of new technologies. Butler's research and community-building work have been funded by federal agencies, foundations, and corporations that include the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Microsoft Research, Yahoo!, and Intel. His work has been published in Organization Science, Information Systems Research, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, The Journal of Medical Internet Research, Archival Science, and The Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology. He earned a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science, a MS in Information Systems, and a PhD in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.