HBCU Digest selects Dillard’s Nursing Program as “Best” for the second year
Cynthia Butler-McIntyre is “Best Female Alumnus” and
President Kimbrough selected “Male HBCU President of the Year”
NEW ORLEANS - Dillard University ‘s School of Nursing was honored for the second year as “Best Nursing Program” during the annual HBCU Media Awards held at Dillard University on Friday, July 11. The University also garnered awards for “Best Female Alumnus ,” Cynthia Butler-McIntyre; and President Walter M. Kimbrough was selected as “HBCU Male President of the Year.”
Founded in 1942, Dillard’s School of Nursing is the first four-year accredited nursing program in the state of Louisiana. Its rich history of producing excellent nurses has continued for more than seven decades, graduating male, female, black and white students who shine as practitioners, educators and staff members across the country.
At the time of its founding, Dillard’s program was the only collegiate nursing school open to African-Americans in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. In 1952, it became the first accredited nursing program in Louisiana. From 1932 to 1983, Dillard operated Flint-Goodridge Hospital, where thousands of student nurses trained.
Today, Dillard’s School of Nursing is based in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, which opened in 2010. Students have the benefit of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including nursing simulators that sweat, breathe, blink and simulate myriad human functions.
Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, a 1976 Dillard University alumna, immediate past and the 24th national president of Delta Theta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was selected as “Best Female Alumnus.” Butler-McIntyre is an educator who currently serves as director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, La. She has impacted the lives of countless young people for over 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and personnel administrator in her school district. Her professional
experience includes serving as executive director of Tech-Prep
Summer Program for Delgado Community College in New Orleans and as assistant coordinator of field experiences and College of Education supervisor for early childhood student teaching experiences for the University of New Orleans.
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Butler-McIntyre often returns to visit her alma mater and always finds ways to give back. The New Orleans native has been a speaker at several Dillard occasions including Sister 2 Sister meetings, Honors Convocation, welcome receptions for visiting dignitaries and other events. She recently presented the University with a $50,000 scholarship donation from Delta Theta Sigma and challenged or sororities and fraternities to match or surpass the gift during a student scholarship fund campaign.
Butler-McIntyre earned a master of education degree from the University of New Orleans at the age of 20. She also holds an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from the Christian Bible College of Louisiana and honorary doctorate of humane letters from Dillard.
Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough was selected as the “Best Male HBCU President of the Year.” Known as the “Hip Hop Prez” by his more than 9,000 Twitter followers @hiphopprez, Dr. Walter Kimbrough has fostered a forward-thinking, student-focused culture on Dillard’s campus and is one of the most dynamic leaders in higher education today. The media has taken notice and Kimbrough has been featured in a myriad of local and national media including, the Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Advocate, the New Orleans Tribune, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” radio show, MSNBC’s Melissa-Harris-Perry Show and Huffington Post Live, to name a few. He is an expert on Black Fraternities and has been an outspoken figure in matters of educational standards, blacks in technology, black male education, and philanthropy in HBCU arena. Most notable are his opinions regarding the recent $25 million gift from the Koch Foundation to the UNCF and Dr. Dre’s $35 million gift to the University of Southern California.
Kimbrough launched his official lecture series, Brain Food in 2013 with a lecture from Michael Eric Dyson. Kimbrough has also brought Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Michelle Alexander, Martin Luther King Jr.’s speechwriter Clarence B. Jones, CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin, and leading gospel artist, Kirk Franklin to campus, to name a few.
Kimbrough was named to the Grio’s list of top 100 African American Leaders and was also named by New Orleans Magazine as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2012.
The HBCU Digest is a daily blog/news resource providing news synopsis, links and commentary on stories about America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities. Each year it sponsors the HBCU Awards event to honor, acknowledge and celebrate achievements at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. The HBCU Digest Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.
Dillard University is a private four-year liberal arts historically black university with a history dating back to 1869. It is located on a picturesque 55-acre campus in New Orleans, Louisiana which boasts an “Avenue of Oaks,” spacious greens and white buildings of both Jeffersonian and modern architectural styles. Academically, Dillard ranks among the top in a number of areas including Forbes’ 2013 list of Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S.; top 60 liberal arts institutions by the Washington Monthly (2013); consistently ranked as one of U.S News and World Report top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); American Institute of Physics’ top producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in physics (2012); and according to the National Science Foundation (2013), among the top 50 colleges whose graduates earn doctorates in the sciences.