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William Butler, former Ohio University dean of students and two-time OHIO alumnus

William Butler, former Ohio University dean of students and two-time OHIO alumnus.

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Alumnus, former dean at OHIO receives award from Mortar Board Society

Dean William Butler recognized for scholarship, leadership and service


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society recently presented the Distinguished Lifetime Membership Award to William Butler, former Ohio University dean of students and two-time OHIO alumnus. Butler is now vice-president emeritus and professor of education at the University of Miami in Florida.

Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, more than a quarter million members have held the honor of being initiated at 230 chartered chapters nationwide. Mortar Board gives its members the opportunity to engage in leadership development, service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Butler earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1950 and his master's degrees in psychology in 1951 at OHIO. After serving as an assistant dean and then dean of men at the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee respectively, Butler returned to OHIO to serve as dean of students until 1965. Butler is a member of Ohio University's Alumni Association's (OUAA) Thomas Ewing Society for his service on OUAA's Board of Directors from 1962-1967. Butler led the University through civil rights unrest, Vietnam War demonstrations and the role of women in higher education. He founded The University of Miami in Florida's Butler Center for Volunteer Services and Leadership Development, a center that supports the activities and programs of student volunteers.

Since his retirement, Butler has written books about the development of student diversity initiatives, international scholars programs and the globalization of the university. He and his wife, Virginia, live in Palmetto Bay, Fla. They have four children and four grandchildren.