Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler
Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler has been an educator for over 30 years. Most recently 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. In this role she was charged with partnering with thirty-eight institutional leaders to establish a culture of assessment, evidence and accountability. Additionally, Dr. Carey-Butler helped to launch recruitment/retention initiatives for UNCF member institutions and coordinated these programs for colleges and universities according to institutional policies and funding agencies. 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, organizational goals and special projects.
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 Assistant Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA; Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and directed similar programs within the State University of New York system.
Dr. Carey-Butler is a strong and passionate advocate for education. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University; her Master’s degree from Binghamton University and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
During her 30 years in the academy, she has worked at public and private institutions as well as community colleges. She was selected the 2006 Alumnae of the Year 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 because she was overwhelming selected for the award by students.
Dr. Carey-Butler has researched and presented extensively on student retention, African American students, and African American women administrators in the academy. She is currently engaged in research on African American male students in the academy and has partnered with Morehouse College’s Male Initiative since 2008.
Dr. Carey-Butler can be reached at (770) 235-9445 or email@example.com .