Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III

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Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, is President of SUNY College at Old Westbury and Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York.

As President of The College at Old Westbury, Dr. Butts works continuously to create an invigorating atmosphere dedicated to academic excellence and the development of leadership qualities in students.  Through a broad multidisciplinary liberal arts programs, the College confers degrees in 32 majors leading to Bachelorís of Arts, Bachelorís of Science and Bachelorís of Professional Studies degrees.

Abyssinian Baptist Church, under Dr. Buttsí leadership, is committed to move forward in faith for the maintenance and expansion of its continuing Christian mission.  The following projects are among those that have been completed, under his direction:  the acquisition and renovation of apartment units for the homeless; construction of senior citizen housing; moderate income condominiums for purchase; acquisition of the Renaissance Ballroom and Smallís Paradise ó two major historic landmarks in Central Harlem.  He has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change ó a public intermediate and high school, under the direction of the Abyssinian Development Corporation.

Dr. Butts is a native New Yorker.  He spent a few years in the South where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College.  He returned to New York and earned a Master of Divinity Degree in Church History from the Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Church and Public Policy from Drew University.

Dr. Butts is also President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York, Vice-Chair of The Board of Directors of United Way of New York City; and a member of many other committees.  He is the Chairman of the National Affiliate Development Initiative of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (BLCA) and a founding member of the organizationís Board of Commissioners.  He has served as President of Africare, an independent organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life in rural Africa. 

He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Harlem Branch YMCA.  He has taught Urban Affairs and served as an Adjunct Professor in the African Studies Department at City College, New York.  He has also taught Black Church History at Fordham University.  Dr. Butts has given numerous lectures and speeches at colleges and universities across the nation.

Dr. Butts is a leader in the fight against police brutality in New York City and has spearheaded boycotts against New York institutions for their racist policies and employment discrimination against African American people.  He also led a nationally acclaimed and most effective campaign in eliminating negative billboard advertising in the Central Harlem communities and in many communities around New York City.  He was joined in this effort by prominent individuals in other areas of the country who carried out similar campaigns with equal success.  Dr. Buttsí billboard whitewashing has helped to further sensitize our country to the evils of drug  abuse and exploitative advertising.  Dr. Butts was also at the vanguard of the issue of negative rap lyrics specially targeted to women and violence and is on a mission to uplift the moral and ethical standards of the human community.

Calvin Butts is active in the total life of New York City, and has received numerous awards and commendations for his efforts.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Prince Hall Masons and has received the 33rd and final degree in Masonry.  Dr. Butts is also recognized as a Living Treasure by the New York City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dr. Butts continues to be invited to preach in distinguished pulpits throughout New York City and the vicinity, as well as nationally and internationally.  Dr. Butts has traveled to Africa, Europe, The Middle East, South America, Cuba, and throughout the Caribbean Islands.

Dr. Butts currently delivers a sermon every other Sunday on 98.7 FM (KISS) Radio at 7 a.m.  Through this medium, he is able to spread his ministry throughout New York City and its surrounding environs. 

He is married and has three children. 

Author: Calvin O. Butts, III
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