KSU names new diversity chief

May 8, 2019

Kennesaw State University will have a new chief diversity officer starting July 29.

Sylvia Carey-Butler was named for the position by University President Pamela Whitten Tuesday. Carey-Butler is currently vice chancellor for academic support of inclusive excellence at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

The previous diversity chief, Dr. Erik Malewski, is still a member of the faculty at KSU. Carey-Butler’s salary is set at $170,000. Malewski’s was $154,000.

In her new role, Carey-Butler will oversee the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where she will “develop a long-term diversity and inclusion action plan and establish clear, meaningful and measurable goals and metrics to broaden perspectives around diversity and inclusion among the university community and its strategic partners,” according to a university press release.

She will also be responsible for recruiting students and staff.

“Kennesaw State is a vibrant and diverse community,” Carey-Butler said in a statement. “I look forward to joining the leadership team to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to strengthen the university’s commitment to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for everyone.”

According to her biography on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s website, she has been in her current role since 2013, and has been an educator for over 36 years.

She has also 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.

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, according to KSU. She designed the diversity and inclusion curriculum for the American Council on Education’s Fellows program and is the former chair of the Oshkosh Area Community Food Pantry and the Oshkosh Housing Authority.

“At Kennesaw State, we firmly believe in the importance of providing a welcoming and inclusive campus environment,” said President Whitten. “As a dedicated expert in the area of diversity and inclusion, Dr. Carey-Butler provides the type of collaborative and transformational leadership that will help us enhance our campus community so that all students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to succeed. I know that she shares our values, and I look forward to working with her to recruit and retain world-class students, faculty and staff.”