In honor of Black History Month, Dillard University is spotlighting notable alumni who have made contributions to their communities and to African-American culture. Our first two subjects are currently presiding over national Greek organizations.
Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, ’76, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dillard alumna Cynthia Butler-McIntyre is a woman on a mission. Along with all the usual duties required of an organization president, she has to lead the Delta Sigma Thetas during the 100th anniversary of the sorority. Butler-McIntyre, a New Orleans native, has been called “a leader with a servant’s heart.”
On Jan. 13, 2013 the Delta Sigma Thetas visited Fair Dillard to pay tribute to the school and its local chapter. Currently, Butler-McIntyre is touring the country with her sorority sisters to share in the Delta Centennial Celebration. New Orleans was the second stop on the Delta Torch Tour, which will end in Washington, D.C. during the sorority’s 51st National Convention in July. Earlier this year, the Deltas took part in the annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
The Deltas have a long history of helping others and transforming lives, from women’s suffrage to the civil rights movement. They are the single largest African-American women’s organization in the U.S. and have more than 900 chapters throughout the world.
Mark Tillman, ’88, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Dillard alumnus Mark Tillman is a man of many accomplishments. Along with leading a global team of systems engineers at Hewlett-Packard, Tillman is an outstanding leader and speaker with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Recently, Tillman was elected general president of the fraternity.
Originally initiated into the brotherhood at Dillard University in 1985, Tillman learned the value of being a brother in "good standing" from mentors who were instrumental in his initiation and development.
While Tillman was vice president of the Alphas’ Midwestern branch, it was ranked as the No. 1 region in the organization. His “Roadmap to Excellence” plan was instituted as an annual agenda for the Alphas. Tillman has been a leader, facilitator and speaker at several Alpha Advisors workshops. He was also the original associate dean of the College of Business and Technology for Alpha University and is currently contributing to the Organizational Effectiveness Subcommittee for Performance Measures and Indicators.