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Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Sylvia Carey-ButlerSylvia Carey-Butler 2017 headshot

Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and has been a member of the UW Oshkosh faculty since 2013. She has been an educator for over 36 years. Prior to her current position, 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. She has held numerous positions in higher education in New York State. She also served as Assistant Provost and Dean of Honors at Dillard University in New Orleans, Associate Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of New York at Oneonta, her undergraduate institution in May 2014, the SUNY Oneonta Alumni of Distinction Honor in 2014 and the 2006 Alumnae of the Year Award at SUNY-Oneonta, 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. Dr. Carey-Butler was inducted into her hometown of Schenectady, New York's School District Hall of Fame in June 2014. In December 2015, Dr. Carey-Butler received the UW System Outstanding Women of Color Award.

Dr. Carey-Butler has researched and presented extensively on student recruitment and retention in higher education, African American women administrators in the academy and African American males in higher education. She is Chair of the Oshkosh Area Community Food Pantry.

She was awarded a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Vanderbilt University, and an M.A. Social Science with an emphasis in Counseling from Binghamton University. 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.


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