Dr. S. Kent Butler, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Butler is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Nationally Certified School Counselor. Dr. Butler served as the Principal Investigator, for The High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project: Situational Environmental Circumstances Mentoring Program (SEC), which is a partnership between the University of Central Florida and several Florida universities. This grant opportunity has transitioned into the UCF Young Knights Mentoring Project a program that supports students at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville, FL. On the national level, Dr. Butler has served in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and the American Counseling Association Governing Council. Dr. Butler was bestowed with an ACA Fellow Award in April of 2016. Dr. Butler was recently promoted to Full Professor of Counselor Education at UCF.
His research and academic interests lie in the areas of Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice, Mentoring, Counseling work as it relates specifically to African American males, Group Counseling, School Counseling, and Multicultural Supervision.
Service to UCF
In 2018, Dr. Butler served as the Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence within the Office of the Provost, where he helped lead the ad hoc task force that developed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence Action plan.
He presently serves at the Faculty Advisor to CHI SIGMA IOTA International Honor Society, the Counselor Education Doctoral Student Organization (CEDSO), Project for Haiti Knights, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In July of 2019 Dr. Butler was appointed Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer at the University of Central Florida. In this role, he will oversee the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and he aims to continue the great work he was doing at the Faculty level at the University level.