Longtime president of SUNY Old Westbury to retire

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — The president of the only public liberal arts college on Long Island says he plans to retire early next year.

The Rev. Calvin Butts III, president of the State University of New York at Old Westbury, says two decades in a college presidency is a “long time.” Newsday reports Butts plans to go on study leave for the spring semester of 2020, and plans to become a professor teaching American studies by the time the fall semester comes around.

Appointed by SUNY trustees in 1999, Butts has led the college through a period of transformative change. Under his leadership, the college created its first-ever graduate programs and saw large gains in student enrollment.

Butts also serves as pastor of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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