Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler
Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler has been an educator for over 32 years. She joined the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in November 2013 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. Prior to coming to Oshkosh, she served as Interim Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and Director of UNCF’s Enrollment Management Program. During her career, she has addressed issues of diversity and inclusiveness within college and university communities and established corporate, foundation, secondary and higher education partnerships to support access to higher education.
Prior to joining UNCF Dr. Carey-Butler served as Assistant Provost and Dean of Honors at Dillard University in New Orleans. She also served as Associate Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA; she has also held numerous positions in higher education for the New York State.
Dr. Carey-Butler is a strong and passionate advocate for education. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University; her master’s degree from Binghamton University and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 Alumnae of the Year Award at SUNY-Oneonta, her undergraduate institution, the first African American to receive the award. In 2005 she received the Provost’s Extra Mile Award at Dillard University. Dr. Carey-Butler was the 1996 recipient of Lafayette College’s People Choice Award, an honor she is very proud of to this day because she was overwhelmingly selected for the award by students. This May, Dr. Carey-Butler will receive an Honorary Degree from her undergraduate institution, SUNY- Oneonta and will be inducted into her high school Hall of Fame in Schenectady, New York in June.
Dr. Carey-Butler has researched and presented extensively on minority student recruitment and retention and African American women administrators in the academy. Most recently, she has been engaged in research on African American male students in the academy.