Bio: Sarah Butler is the Director for Academic and Career Enrichment Services for the George Dean Johnson College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Prior to her commitment with the College of Business, Sarah established the majority of her career in Student Affairs, specifically as a counselor and instructor for TRIO Student Support Services. For over a decade, she has worked in higher education empowering students to find the courage within to pursue new ways of thinking and accomplish the goals they’ve set for themselves. Sarah graduated from Marshall University in West Virginia with her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Master of Science in Adult Education. She has served as student organization advisor, as an executive member on the Butterfly Foundation Advisory Board, and in ministerial roles at her church. She is a 2012 graduate of the Spartanburg County Foundation Grassroots Leadership Development Institute and facilitates Amplify Business Accelerator for African Americans for the City of Spartanburg.
Hobbies: Sarah is married to Issaia Butler, and is the mother of two rowdy boys—Nehemiah and Solomon. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering at her church, traveling, cooking, meeting up with her book clubs, and event planning.
Why SYP: Sarah stumbled upon SYP while looking for a way to volunteer while also learning from peers and making new friends. Meeting like-minded young professionals gives an opportunity to swap ideas, solve problems, and get inspired. SYP is always fun and never pushy.
Why Spartanburg: Why not? Sarah is from a very small town in West Virginia. Spartanburg is much larger, but still has a supportive, interdependent community that provides more than just the basic living standards of personal safety and quality of schools. For Sarah, it’s all about options and the ability to choose. She found a place where she can work, play, learn, worship, serve, thrive and truly live