Former Florida AG Bob Butterworth Appointed to Grand Council
INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. - Grand Prytanis Mark Johnson (Nu-Theta, Univ. of Utah) announced today the appointment of Frater Robert A. Butterworth, Jr. (Gamma-Theta, Univ. of Florida) to the TKE Grand Council. Butterworth fills the vacancy on TKE's governing board created by the resignation of Frater Kevin Pollard (Lambda-Kappa, DePaul Univ.) during the fall semester. Pollard served the Fraternity with distinction for five years on the Grand Council and four years on the TKE Educational Foundation Board of Directors, supporting many TKE programs through his personal generosity and hands-on leadership.
Butterworth, a 1960 initiate of the Gamma-Theta Chapter at the University of Florida, served as Chapter Prytanis as well as Province Supervisor (equivalent to today's position of Grand Province Advisor), and is a recipient of both the Teke Alumnus of the Year Award and the TKE Triangle Award. In announcing the appointment, Grand Prytanis Johnson said "Bob Butterworth will add much to our conversations and help the Grand Council continue to lay out a long-term vision to move TKE forward in the years and decades ahead. His well-rounded experience in state government, as a county official, in academia as a professor and law school dean, and in the private sector brings a new dimension to the Teke leadership team." Frater Butterworth added "Tau Kappa Epsilon has always been a fraternity of excellence, admitting men into membership based on their personal worth and character. I've always been proud to be a Teke, and I'm looking forward to giving back to the Fraternity as a member of its board."
Butterworth served as Florida's Attorney General for sixteen years (1986-2002), where he received national attention for his success enforcing victim and consumer protection, environmental, civil rights and anti-trust laws. He was a leader in the multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry and was once voted the top Attorney General in the nation by his peers. His further public service includes Broward County Sheriff, circuit and county court judge, mayor, prosecutor, and heading two state agencies - the Department of Children & Families and the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. Frater Butterworth served as Dean of the St. Thomas University law school and as an adjunct professor. He currently practices law with the firm of Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta and Ploucha in Fort Lauderdale.
Butterworth joins Johnson, Herb Songer, Ed Moy, Bob Barr, Rod Talbot, Robert Jarred, and Chris Hanson on TKE's eight-member Grand Council. The board is further assisted by Judiciary Chairman Dan Levinson and Collegiate Advisory Committee Chairman Nat Sheppard.
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE) is the world's largest collegiate social fraternity, with active groups on 275 campuses across North America. Founded in 1899, TKE has initiated more than 248,000 members and has more than 10,000 college students as active members. TKE aims to build better men to build a better world.
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