SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission announced the appointment of Arthur Butler as its new executive director on Friday.
Butler, a Capital Region native and SUNY Binghamton graduate, will assume the position Monday. Arthur not only helped found the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS, serving as its executive director for 17 years, but also worked as the national project coordinator of the framework for dialogue for Hunger Solutions New York.
“On the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, where hundreds of thousands of citizens advocated for jobs and economic equality, the Commission is excited to appoint Arthur Butler as our new Executive Director,” said Omar McGill, acting chair of the SCHRC. “Arthur brings with him a passion for human rights, a sound understanding of the goals of the Commission, and a determination to serve our community.”
Butler’s appointment at the SCHRC — which was established in 1965 to “foster mutual respect and enhance understanding among all racial, religious and ethnic groups in Schenectady County, and to assist individuals in securing their rights” — comes after a nation-wide search featuring an interview committee with four comissioners.
It follows the removal of former executive director, Angelica Morris, for alleged “insubordination” and other factors, according to a termination notice obtained by the Daily Gazette in February. In July, Morris filed a lawsuit against Schenectady County for what the suit claimed was an “unlawful termination.”
Butler said he’s thankful to SCHRC for trusting him with the position.
“My goal is to address ways in which structural racism can be dismantled, while creating tools to improve the lives of those excluded from economic, social, educational and political life in our community,” Butler said.