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Gabriella Marasco is an SC Campus Representative for Butler University. In her free time she enjoys organizing her closet and eating cookies and milk. Read more posts by her here!

Here’s a list of “Important People From Butler University You Should Know: Then and Now,” from our historic founder to our current-day el presidente. Read on friends you might learn something.


Ovid Butler

North Western Christian University was founded in 1855 and it was in 1877 when the school moved from downtown Indianapolis to Butler’s current campus location when the school’s name was changed to Butler University in honor of Ovid Butler who was a local abolitionist who founded his own newspaper, lawyer, and friend of the university.

Ovid Butler
(via google images)


David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan was a professor at Butler University. He went on to become a leading ichthyologist (specific type of zoologist that studies fish, weird I know), eugenicist [scientist who wants to improve the genetics quality of humans (wtf?)], and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and was the founding president of Stanford University, bet you didn’t know that! Oh, and he had a sweet mustache as you can see.

David Starr Jordan (via google images) 


Paul D. Tony Hinkle

Butler Hall of Fame coach Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle was the man who molded Butler’s athletic tradition, originator of the idea of “The Butler Way”.  The legendary coach came to Butler in 1921 and, except for a brief interruption in the early 1940’s when he served as a naval officer, he remained with the University until his death in 1992.  He served for nearly a half century as Butler’s football, basketball and baseball coach, the school’s athletic director and as a teacher.  He guided Butler to 560 basketball wins, which still ranks in the top 60 all-time in the NCAA.  He had over 1,000 wins combined in football, basketball and baseball.  Hinkle is in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the NACDA Hall of Fame and the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1966 Hinkle Fieldhouse was named after Tony Hinkle. Oh and he developed and decided the basketball should be orange as opposed to brown. He is currently buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, weird right?


Tony Hinkle Statue


Gordan Hayward

Notable Butler “alumni,” he led Butler to the first Final Four in school history and to the NCAA Championship Game as a sophomore, played two seasons at Butler before leaving to join the NBA. Hayward is still a stud and currently plays for the Utah Jazz.

 Gordon Hayward


Levester Johnson, aka LJ

Butler University’s current Vice President of Student Affairs for the past 16 years. LJ plays a huge role on campus with all social aspects of the University as well as his strong, award-winning social media presence. LJ is, or should be, known by every student on campus. He also has a huge influence on student disciplinary.

 Levester Johnson(via: Levester Johnson’s twitter)

Brad Stevens

“No coach in the history of the NCAA Division I basketball has done it better.” Our most missed Butler Men’s Basketball head coach. Brad Stevens was the legendary coach with his calm, focused coaching style supplemented with his extensive statistical analysis that allowed him to build a outstanding team that went to the NCAA Championship in 2010 and 2011. Stevens also broke the record for most wins in a coach’s first three years. Stevens currently is coaching in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, which is better than him leaving Butler for any other university.

Brad Stevens

Michael Kaltenmark

Michael is the current parent of America’s most beloved mascot Blue III (Trip) and the former Blue II L. He is a Butler alumni and is current the Director of Web Marketing Communications. He often the one with Trip for all campus events!

 Michael Kaltenmark

Prez Danko

A newer member of the Butler community, Jim Danko, who become President of the University in 2011, is probably one of the most important people on campus you should know. He has immense leadership and innovation experience. Keep him on your radar and look out for all the great campus improvements that will be happening in the next few years, a few including expansion and new building developments.

Jim Danko


Is there anyone we missed? Let us know below!