Dennie Butterfield’s greatest joy while at BYU was working with the Leadership Preparation Program (LLP) in the Department of Educational Leadership.
He came to this work well prepared. After receiving a BS degree in elementary education at BYU, he earned an MS at Fresno State and a PhD from UCLA. He served as a superintendent of schools in California before moving to Provo. As director of LPP for eight years, he had the opportunity, along with his colleagues, to interact with other universities engaged in similar programs around the country. This consortium shared ideas and insights for mutual growth. After 24 years at BYU, Butterfield retired in 1998. During his tenure he witnessed the growth and development of programs and curriculum, as well as the transition from a college of education to the McKay School of Education.
Dr. Butterfield’s background and experience have been great assets in his retirement, especially as he and his wife have served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was country director of LDS Humanitarian Services first in Armenia and then in Turkey. While in Turkey he also set up university English programs. He returned to Armenia to work with CES institutes and seminaries. Butterfield relates, “I found these people to be amazing, beautiful, and wonderful. Although they lived in poor circum- stances, they reached out and took care of us.”
Butterfield is an adjunct professor at UVSC; he also finds time to read, write, and bike 18 to 22 miles each day. He and wife, Fay, are the parents of six children. Considering his varied experiences around the world, Butterfield concludes, “The ethics and values of BYU are needed in the world. Our message needs to get out.”