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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociology Professor
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If I Tell You That A Chicken Dips Snuff, Look For The Can Beneath Its Wings.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1947
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociology Professor
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If I Tell You That A Chicken Dips Snuff, Look For The Can Beneath Its Wings.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1947
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

John Sibley Butler was born on July 19, 1947, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Thojest and Johnnie Mae Butler. While attending the Washington Parish schools, Butler was in the honor society and played the trombone in the school band; he also was active in Little League baseball and the Boy Scouts.

Butler served in Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1969, he earned his B.A. degree from Louisiana State University. Continuing his education at Northwestern University as a Fellow of Social Change, Butler received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1974. After receiving his degrees, Butler taught M.B.A. programs in Mexico and Japan. Butler was the founding editor of the National Journal of Sociology, which he edited for 15 years. In 1988, the University of California at Berkeley sought Butler for a think tank on Testing and American Organizations.

Butler authored several books, published numerous journal articles, and was recognized with several awards. Butler was also one of the distinguished professors selected for the election committee advisory board for then Texas governor George W. Bush in 2000.

Butler became the chair of the Department of Management in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 1999; in 2002, he became the Director of the IC2 Institute where he also held the Herb Kelleher Chair for Entrepreneurship and Business and was the Sam Barshop Research Fellow. Butler served on the board of directors for Morehouse Research Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Langston University National Institute for the Study of Minority Enterprise. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board; he was reappointed in 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John S. Butler describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John S. Butler describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John S. Butler describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John S. Butler describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John S. Butler lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John S. Butler describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John S. Butler describes his grade school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John S. Butler describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John S. Butler remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John S. Butler describes segregation in Franklinton, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John S. Butler remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John S. Butler recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John S. Butler describes his early musical activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John S. Butler remembers Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John S. Butler recalls his U.S. military service in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John S. Butler recalls his graduate studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John S. Butler describes his graduate work in sociology at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John S. Butler describes his postdoctoral research fellowship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John S. Butler remembers writing 'All That We Can Be' with Charles Moskos
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John S. Butler describes the start of his career in academia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John S. Butler describes his research on educational testing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John S. Butler talks about his organizational affiliations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John S. Butler describes the Innovation, Creativity and Capital Institute in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John S. Butler talks about entrepreneurship in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John S. Butler describes the differences between the North and South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John S. Butler talks about the role of immigrants in American industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John S. Butler talks about his political activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John S. Butler recalls serving on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John S. Butler remembers President George Walker Bush
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John S. Butler describes his experiences of teaching abroad
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John S. Butler talks about his interest in music, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John S. Butler talks about his interest in music, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John S. Butler describes GloFish, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John S. Butler talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John S. Butler reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John S. Butler describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John S. Butler shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John S. Butler describes how he would like to be remembered