On this very special day in 1949, a great personality was born who spent most of his life working for the betterment of Blacks in America. Calvin O. Butts III is an African-American educationist and Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist church in the New York City. He is the Chairman and the founder member of the Abyssinian Development Corporation and also the President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. He worked as an engine and provided $500 million for the housing and commercial developments in Harlem, New York.
Born on July 18, 1949, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Calvin Otis Butts III is a person of interest who loves to serve his community by all means. Butts was born to Calvin Otis Butts II who was a cook while his mother was an employee in the welfare department. His family moved to Queens, New York when he was very young. He started off with his education and attended several public schools and made his way to the high school. He finished his graduation from the Flushing High School and during his school; he was elected as the President of the Senior Class of 1967. He continued his studies and joined the undergraduate college in the South, where he successfully earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
After attaining his Bachelor’s degree, Butts returned to New York and earned a Master’s degree in the Church History from the Union Theological Seminary. And later on, from Drew University in New Jersey, he completed his Doctorate of Ministry of Church and Public Policy.
Calvin O. Butts III has been the President of State University of New York College at Old Westbury since September 1999. He has led the school passionately with most enrollments in 15 years of his service and helped to expand the student aid services of the college. The college also introduced its first-ever graduate program under his leadership that includes Master of Arts, Master of Science Degree in Accounting and Taxation and Master of Science Degree in Adolescence Education.
Butts is the one who helped in the development of Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, which is one of the profound public high school situated in Harlem, New York. Butts contribution towards education is unlimited and has dedicated his time and energy for better and prosperous education for the Black community in America.