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Professor (Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Dr. Butler is Professor of Economics at Trinity University. He has been a member of the Trinity faculty since 1982 and served as chair of Trinity's economics department for 12 years.

A graduate of Pomona College, he earned his S. M. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and taught at Rice University and Temple University before coming to Trinity.

In 2001, he was awarded the Dr. and Mrs. Z. T. Scott Faculty Fellowship, Trinity’s only teaching award, and in 2005 he was named the fourth recipient of Trinity’s distinguished service award. His research and teaching are in the areas of environmental economics, urban economics, and the economics of regulation. He is also the founder and co-director of Economists in the Schools, a unique one-hour course that sends Trinity students into San Antonio schools to teach economics.

Putting his academic interest in public policy to the test by taking an active role in San Antonio’s civic life, Professor Butler had a leadership role in Mayor Howard Peak’s Better Jobs initiative.  More recently, he led the formation of the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy, the Information Technology and Security Academy and the recently opened Manufacturing Technology Academy, San Antonio's innovative and widely praised programs for growing a high-skill workforce.

He serves as Chair of the Academies' Board and as their CEO. With his Trinity colleague Dr. Mary Stefl, he has since 1996 prepared the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Economic Impact Studies of the Healthcare/Bioscience, Aerospace, Hospitality and Information Technology industries He also sings, having established a fruitful second career in classic music, becoming know on campus as the "singing economist."