Bio: Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III

Published September 30, 2010

Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, is Pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, and President of SUNY College at Old Westbury. 

Rev. Butts was one of the founders, and is the current Chairman of Abyssinian Development Corporation, a comprehensive, community-based not-for-profit organization, responsible for over $600 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem.  He was also instrumental in establishing the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change – a public, state-of-the-art, intermediate and high school in Harlem, and he is the visionary behind the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, which opened in September 2005.

Dr. Butts is a native New Yorker.  He spent a few years in the South, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  He returned to New York and earned a Master of Divinity Degree in Church History from Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Church and Public Policy from Drew University.  Reverend Butts was an Urban Affairs instructor, and served as Adjunct Professor in the African Studies Department at City College, New York.  He also taught Black Church History at Fordham University, and continues to give lectures and speeches to colleges, universities and various organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition to his professional and religious avocations, Dr. Butts is Chairman of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), as well as a founding member of the organization’s Board of Commissioners. He is also a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), as well as a Board member of the American Red Cross of Greater New York, New Visions for Public Schools, and American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Written by BET-Staff

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