Effective July 29, Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler will serve as Kennesaw State University's chief diversity officer.

Kennesaw State hires chief diversity officer

Kennesaw State University President Pamela Whitten has named Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler as the school’s new chief diversity officer.

Carey-Butler, who currently serves as vice chancellor for academic support of inclusive excellence at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will join Kennesaw State on July 29. 

Carey-Butler will oversee KSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she will develop a long-term plan “to broaden perspectives around diversity and inclusion among the university community and its strategic partners,” KSU said in a press release.

She’ll also be tasked with developing strategies to recruit and retain KSU students, faculty and staff members.  Whitten said she knows Carey-Butler shares the values of Kennesaw State and she looks forward to working with her. 

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“As a dedicated expert in the area of diversity and inclusion, Dr. Carey-Butler provides the type of collaborative and transformational leadership that will help us enhance our campus community so that all students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to succeed,” she added. 

Carey-Butler has master’s degree in social science with an emphasis on counseling from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy from Vanderbilt University. 

Before joining the University of Wisconsin, Carey-Butler was the interim executive director for the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity Building and director of its Enrollment Management Program.

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She was the assistant provost and dean of honors at Dillard University in New Orleans, served as associate dean of studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and created the diversity and inclusion policy for American Council on Education’s Fellows program.

“Kennesaw State is a vibrant and diverse community,” said Carey-Butler. “I look forward to joining the leadership team to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to strengthen the university’s commitment to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for everyone.”


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