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Butts, William A.

(born: 1933  -  died: 2017) 

William A. Butts served as president of Kentucky State University, 1975-1982. He favored the Council on Higher Education's plan to keep Kentucky State as a small liberal arts college with one graduate program. Enforcing the new strategic plan caused him to fall out of favor and led to his resignation in 1982. The following comes from the transcript of the Oral History with Dr. William A. Butts at the University of Southern Mississippi, Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, 03/03/1976. William A. Butts was born near Kilmichael, MS, the son of Sylvester and Virginia Butts. He is a U.S. Army veteran. He earned a B.S. in political science in 1957 from Mississippi Vocational College, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. See also the Office of the President Records, a Kentucky Digital Library.

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