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Executive Summary

I am a dynamic and highly effective educator and professional coach who is committed to the development of the whole person. A broad range experience has allowed me to utilize my knowledge in the areas of conflict resolution, disability services, crisis management, diversity/inclusion, enrollment management, community engagement, and student success to impact the experiences of students, staff, faculty, and the community in support, advocacy and direction. I use evidence based research to design and implement programs and services for students in collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders. The programs and services I have designed and managed providet guidance, career planning, and counseling in the decision making process and hold participants responsible for their academic, personal and social behavior. Curriculum and programs I have developed, and the student services I provide serve as a primary resource in the directing of all areas of the students’ educational planning. My planning, development, organization and management of a variety of college projects and programs were successfully executed with precision and efficiency and with remarkably positive results.

Core Expertise & Competencies

• Evaluated and assessed academic and learning support services for both university and community college student populations.
• Conceptualized and collaboratively implemented the planning, development, organization and management of campus wide student services and academic support.
• Coordinated student enrollment services.
• Developed and provided oversight of restricted and general fund, college budgets for student services and assigned instructional departments.
• Incorporated quantitative/qualitative research methods when conducting the analysis and evaluation of college programs.
• Skilled and effective team builder and focus group facilitator.
• Outstanding leader skillful in facilitating consensus building, change processes, and collaborative decision-making with groups exhibiting divergent opinions and goals.
• Developed and evaluated programs for students with multicultural and linguistic backgrounds, disabilities and gender identities.
• Developed skills and experience utilizing the following computer programs and software: SARS GRID, Banner, ASSIST, DATATEL, CurriUnet, PeopleSoft , MicroSoft Office and SPSS.

Key Accomplishments

• Conceptualized and collaboratively developed multicultural alumni networks aimed at re-engaging diverse students in pursuit of their degree acquisition and networking.
• Collaborated with faculty, staff and student organizational leaders to create the first African American support program, Mesa Academy.
• Conceptualized and partnered with student organizational leaders to develop and implement an “academic challenge” initiative for ethnically diverse students and parents during the 2006/2007 year which resulted in increased FTES and lower dropout rate for fall. .
• Implemented the SARS scheduling system for Counseling, Admissions and Financial Aid (2006-2007).
• Chair of the San Diego County Articulation Council for two and four year colleges and universities (2002-2005).
• Faculty Co-Chair 2004 San Diego Mesa College Accreditation Self-Study.
• Region X Representative, Executive Board Southern California Inter-segmental Articulation Council.
• Chair Region X Matriculation Committee (1994-1995).
• Region X Representative to State Matriculation Taskforce (1993-1995).

Honors and Awards

• Cambridge Who’s Who 2010-2011
• LEAD, Leadership Tuolumne County (LTC), Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2007
• Master Presenter, The National Institute for Staff and Organization Development (NISOD),
University of Texas May 2006
• LEADERS - National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD/AAWCC) 2000
• Claremont Graduate University Dissertation Grant 1999-2000
• Recipient of the California Chancellor’s Office Matriculation Service Award in 1996
• Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership 1994-1998
• Certificate of Appreciation, Staff Ed. & Development Instructor, UC San Diego 1988-1991
• Who’s Who in the West, America, California, Worldwide 1985-2005


• Certificate Evidence Based Coaching
Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 2012

• Ph.D., Higher Education
Claremont Graduate University 2002

• M.S., Counseling
North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC 1976

• B.A., Major in Psychology, Minor in Special Education 1971
Bennett College, Greensboro, NC


• Buck, C.B. (2009). Does where they start matter? : A comparative analysis of African American female doctoral recipients who started in a two versus a four-year institution. In V.B. Bush., C. G. Muhammad., & M.B. Walpole (Eds.), From diplomas to doctorates: The success of black women in higher education and its implications for educational opportunities for all. Sterling, VA.: Stylus.
• Buck, C.B. (2003). Does where they start matter? : A comparative analysis of doctoral recipients who started in a two versus a four-year Institution (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from Dissertation Abstracts International. (AAT 3079290)
• Buck, C.B., Drevlow, S., & Yng, J.C. (1988) The Summer Bridge Program (OASIS Evaluation Report, #76).
• Buck, C.B., Pineda, C. (1985) A peer counseling training module. ERIC Clearinghouse.
• Buck, C.B., Geisler, G., & Drevlow, S. (1985) The 1985 Summer Bridge Program (OASIS Evaluation Report, #16).
• Buck, C. B. (1985, February). Summer Bridge: A residential learning experience for high risk freshmen at the University of California, San Diego. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Conference on the Freshman Year Experience, University of Columbia, SC. ERIC Clearing House

Professional Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
Southern California Council Black American Affairs (SCCBAA)
Community and civic Activities

Bakersfield First United Methodist Church, Chancel Choir 2010 –Present; Church Council 2013-Present
Sonora United Methodist Church, Education Committee, 2007-2008
Yes Partnership, Columbia College representative & Education Subcommittee, 2005-2007
President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter, 2002-2004
Bennett College National Alumni Association, Regional Planning Committee, 2002-2005
Member Black Alumni Scholarship Fund Committee, UC San Diego, 2003-2006
Board Member Leadership Alliance for Diversity (Scholarship Chair) 1995-1999
Scripps Mira Mesa Kiwanis, San Diego, CA, (Past President 1994-95, Program Chair, 1995-97, 1994 -2005

Additional Information

Certification: Evidence Based Coach –Fielding Graduate University (Accredited as an ACTP Fall 2011-Present
Program by the International Coach Federation)

Presentations/Workshops/Lectures: A variety of presentations, workshops, and lectures have been given on women’s issues, personal health, Nontraditional Alumni, research, democratic pluralities, multicultural issues, matriculation, innovation at the community college level, affirmative action, and the freshman year experience.