Delta Upsilon Foundation


Butler Education Chair

Butler Education Chair

Project Goals

$3,924.82 to achieve

Butler Education Chair

FUNDING GOAL - $150,000
Reaching this funding goal will complete Phase 1 in an effort to fully endow the position of Director of Education.  Doing so will ensure that the Director of Educational Programs position will be held in perpetuity, further ensuring that the award winning educational and leadership programming currently performed by the Fraternity will not only continue, but will continue to be managed and constantly improved. 



For nearly a quarter century, Brother Wilford A. "Bill" Butler, Western Michigan '61 led Delta Upsilon Fraternity as its Executive Director.  To date, he is the longest serving DU of all time on the Headquarter's staff.  
He was hired in 1962, to help better organize the Fraternity's operations and make it a stronger and more viable organization.  During his tenure with Delta Upsilon, the Fraternity grew by more than 50 percent, with Brother Butler overseeing the addition of nearly 40 new chapters. 
During his tenure, Bill helped orchestrate and oversaw the major relocation of DU headquarters from New York City to Indianapolis.  He also helped design the area in which the headquarters facility was constructed, which includes a host of fraternity and
sorority headquarters.  In 2010, DU's headquarters was named the "Butler Memorial Headquarters Building" in tribute to Bill's many contributions to the Fraternity. 
During his service to DU, Bill also made major contributions to the fraternity movement by serving as president of the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA), where he introduced a highly regarded publication titled News & Notes that was circulated to fraternity leaders and college deans throughout the U.S. and Canada.  In his capacity as an FEA member, Bill often served as a mentor to fellow executives, some new to the field and others just needing sound advice.

Wilford A. Butler impacted the lives of thousands of DU members during his 24-years as Executive Director, and transformed Delta Upsilon into a leading fraternal organization. Bill believed the fraternity experience had the ability to transform young men into tomorrow's leaders.
Besides those brothers who remember his involvement and leadership as a general member, there are many who witnessed his leadership first-hand.  These are the men who were mentored by Bill during their tenure as DU staff members. 
"Wilford Butler was an American original, a remarkable educator.  Bill was constantly teaching those around him fundamental, yet enduring life lessons:  the importance of thank you notes; the joy of fine food and drink; the value of high standards; the appreciation of culture and history; the mastery of travel; and yes, the wisdom of a thousand phrases.  Those of us who were influenced by Bill Butler know that we owe him a great deal of gratitude.  My gift to the Butler Education Chair is simply a long-deferred payment on a debt I owe a great man."   
Rodney P. Kirsch, North Dakota '78 


In fall 2010, Brother Butler's two sisters contributed $30,000 in Bill's memory to set the wheels in motion for establishing the Education Chair.  Their thoughtful and very generous gift is a bold challenge to Bill's many fraternity brothers throughout North America, whose lives have been positively impacted by him, to step up the plate and make their commitments.

The Wilford A. Butler Education Chair is an important step forward in securing Bill's legacy as DU's premier mentor of men and an educator to all. 
Funds contributed in support of the chair will be invested and the income from the endowment will be used to further DU's educational programs.   More specifically, funding will be used to salary the Director of Educational Programs position and support those programs that help build better men. 
The Director of Educational Programs is the person responsible for the development and implementation of DU education curricula and programs.  He is the person responsible for administering and evaluating programs that meet the needs of undergraduates, alumni and chapters.
In addition, the Director of Educational Programs oversees a portfolio that provides transformational experiences for thousands of DU undergraduates and alumni including:
  • The DU Leadership Institute
  • President's Academy
  • DUEL Experience
  • Advisor's Academy
  • Recruitment Symposium
  • Global Service Initiative
  • ...and much more! 


Anyone is invited to make a meaningful gift in support of this effort.  Please consider the merits of a 4, 5 or 6-figure gift, payable over five years.  Your contribution, whatever its size, will have a tremendous impact on DU undergrads forever. 
Your gifts made in support this chair are tax-deductible and can be pledged and made payable for up to five years. 
All donors to the Butler Education Chair will be gratefully recognized for their involvement.  Appropriate recognition of leadership gifts will be permanently featured at IHQ and in the Delta Upsilon Quarterly.  
More information on this endowment project and donor recognition will be forthcoming.