Tuesday, August 19, 2008

DST President elected at Florida Convention

WASHINGTON-- Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre was elected by a unanimous vote of over 800 voting delegates as the National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the organization's 49th National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Butler-McIntyre has been a member of the Sorority for 35 years, and has held several local, regional and national offices.

A native of New Orleans, Butler-McIntyre was greatly impacted by Hurricane Katrina, but never stopped serving the Sorority. Butler-McIntyre is a self-proclaimed servant leader and says she serves her sisterhood, "because it is in my heart." Butler-McIntyre was installed into office by civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height. During her acceptance speech she gave credit to Jesus Christ, the leader of her life, and was unapologetic about the role God has played and will continue to play in her life.

Butler-McIntyre received her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and is a 1976 graduate from Dillard University in New Orleans. She earned a Master of Education degree from the University of New Orleans at the age of 20. Butler-McIntyre also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from the Christian Bible College of Louisiana. Presently she is employed as a personnel administrator for all classified employment for the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

Other officers elected during the weeklong convention were Dr. Paulette Walker of Tampa, Fla., as national first vice president; Mia Smith of Miami, Fla., as national second vice president; Beverly Smith of Marietta, Ga., as national secretary; and Carolyn Lewis of New Orleans, La., was re-elected as national treasurer.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University as an organization dedicated to scholarship, sisterhood and public service. Today it has over 200,000 members and over 900 chapters worldwide.

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