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Voorhees kicks off Black History Month with former national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

January 31, 2014

Former National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre will serve as the keynote speaker for Voorhees' annual Black History Month Kickoff Program. The program will be held on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium on campus.

Butler-McIntyre served as the 24th national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the largest African-American Greek-lettered sorority in the world. She was installed into office by civil rights leader Dorothy I. Height. Butler-McIntyre has served Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. with distinction at the local, state, regional and national levels, which has earned her the respect and admiration of the membership. She is lovingly regarded as "A Leader with a Servant's Heart."

Butler-McIntyre is an educator who currently serves as a director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, La. She has impacted the lives of countless young people for more than 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and personnel administrator in her school district. Her professional experience also includes her service as executive director of Tech-Prep Summer Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, La. She has also worked as the assistant coordinator of field experiences and College of Education supervisor for early childhood student teaching experiences for the University of New Orleans.

Butler-McIntyre earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education at Dillard University. At the age of 20, she earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction/educational administration at the University of New Orleans. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree in religious education from the Louisiana Christian Bible College and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Dillard University.

Butler-McIntyre's distinguished service and outstanding achievements have been recognized by numerous professional, civic and religious organizations on the local, state and national levels. She is an active, life-long member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in New Orleans. Her professional and community affiliations include: Board Commissioner for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans; MLK Task Force and The Delta Research and Development Foundation; and National Board Member of the National Council of Negro Women. President Barack Obama also appointed her to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in 2011.

She is married to Ronney McIntyre, owner/operator of McIntyre Masonry, and they reside in New Orleans. Through her marriage she has four children: Shavonny, Ronney, Jr., Ciara and Rachaud; and two grandchildren, Gavon and Angie.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at tbrunson@voorhees.edu.