Chairman Merryl H. Tisch, SUNY Board of Trustees, Chairman Emeritus H. Carl McCall, and Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley on the Passing of SUNY Old Westbury President Emeritus Calvin O. Butts, III

October 28, 2022

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, a cherished friend and leader in higher education. As President of SUNY Old Westbury, he educated and mentored thousands of SUNY students over the course of his nearly 21 years at the helm of the school. For the entire SUNY community, President Emeritus Butts was an inspiring leader and colleague.

"Dr. Butts had a profound presence that was felt by all. His leadership, voice, and advocacy for educational equity was widely known and respected. He instilled a culture of civic engagement, and emulated this philosophy of pride and excellence for each and every student. Students at SUNY Old Westbury's campus knew they were welcome and that he was their champion. His commitment to our students was unwavering, as he believed everyone deserves an excellent and affordable education to reach their dreams.

"President Emeritus Butts left a lasting impression, and he will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives he touched. Our deepest condolences are with his wife Patricia and his entire family, as well as his friends and all those he served."

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