Butler Selects Higher Education Leader and Youth Development Expert as Inaugural Dean of Two-Year Founder’s College

Source: Butler Stories | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 4/16/2024 –

A social work and youth development scholar with years of experience leading system-wide initiatives at Indiana University will serve as the inaugural dean for the new Founder’s College at Butler University, a two-year program serving historically underserved students.

Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, who is based in Indianapolis, will leave her roles as Indiana University’s Assistant Vice President for University Academic Policy and professor in the School of Social Work to join Butler on June 3. She will spend the next year developing the Founder’s College infrastructure, including hiring faculty and staff and recruiting students who will begin the two-year program in August 2025.

“We’re thrilled to have found an inaugural dean who is a proven leader and scholar with a heart for helping all students reach their potential,” said Brooke Barnett, Butler’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Gentle-Genitty will be a tremendous addition to Butler’s team and a perfect fit to launch and lead this program.”

Gentle-Genitty grew up in Belize as the eldest of five children whose parents operated a food cart and canteen and also valued service and education. She paid for her associate’s degree through work-study, earned a full scholarship to cover the cost of her bachelor’s degree, and paid for her master’s degree through a promissory loan.

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