Voorhees recognizes deserving students during Honors Day Convocation

March 11, 2014

Voorhees College will recognize its honor students during the annual Honors Day Convocation on Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium on campus.

The speaker for this event is Michael C. Butler, the first African American to be elected as mayor of Orangeburg, S.C.

Prior to serving as mayor of Orangeburg, Butler served in various other roles such as the district school to work coordinator for Orangeburg Consolidated School District #5, HIV counselor at South Carolina State University and assistant principal at North Middle School. Butler has 18 years of experience in counseling and social services and 11 years of experience in education.

Additionally, Butler founded Victory Tabernacle Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. He has been pastor of Victory Tabernacle for 29 years. While as pastor, he established key partnerships for the community outreach and service. He also established a 15-year partnership with the University of South Carolina-Colleges of Nursing and Public Health, 10-year partnership with the Minority AIDS Council and an eight-year partnership with the Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities that has generated $14.5 million in grant funding to support cancer and HIV/AIDS research, education and community engagement in Orangeburg.

Butler received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Claflin University and a Master of Education degree in curriculum instruction and assessment from Walden University in 2006. He also completed graduate study courses at both South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Honors Day Convocation is free and open to the public. For additional questions or concerns on this event, contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at