The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Rev. Butts is senior pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, N.Y., and president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbur.
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS was established to provide policy recommendations on the U.S. Government's response to the AIDS epidemic. Council members advise U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS. C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of NBLCA, applauded the appointment.