Seletha Butler

Seletha Butler

Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
WAPPP Fellow
Seletha Butler

Seletha Butler’s research agenda focuses on corporate governance issues, specifically the structure, obligations, and activities of boards of directors, including board diversity. During her WAPPP fellowship, she will be investigating how a critical mass of women on the board of directors can serve as critical influencers.

Seletha Butler is an assistant professor of business law and ethics at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Prior to academia, she spent fourteen years, collectively, with global law firms in Atlanta and Chicago and one of the nation’s largest commercial banking organizations. Professor Butler’s legal practice focused on complex domestic and global commercial transactions and corporate governance matters.

Professor Butler’s research agenda focuses on corporate governance issues specifically the structure, obligations, and activities of boards of directors (including board diversity). She teaches courses involving the intersection of business, law, ethics, and policy, including developing a Corporate Governance course for undergraduate students for which she received the Scheller Professor of the Year Award—Elective Business Courses (2013) on her first semester teaching the course. Professor Butler also is the recipient of other honors, including Professor Appreciation recognition from programs with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, and Thank-a-Teacher recognitions from students through the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Professor Butler was honored by Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball as a 2014 Women Out Front honoree and received a 2011 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 award.

Professor Butler is the author of All on Board! Strategies for Constructing Diverse Boards of Directors published in the Virginia Law & Business Review and “Financial Expert”: A Subtle Blow to the Pool and Current Pipeline of Women on Corporate Boards published as the lead article in The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. Media outlets have quoted Professor Butler regarding corporate governance issues, and she speaks on organizational governance, diversity, professional responsibility and ethics in business, and career development and advancement strategies.

Professor Butler has a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance, summa cum laude, from The University of Alabama, a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School where she served as current development editor of The Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, formerly the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, and a Master of Business Administration (global focus) from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Research Topic

Critical Mass of Women on the Board of Directors as Critical Influencers