Dr. Buck earned his B.S. from Morgan State University in 1968, and his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1976) in theoretical physics from William & Mary. Internationally known for his work in physics and physics education, Dr. Buck is a professor and chancellor emeritus of the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). He became the first chancellor of UWB in 1999 and during his tenure helped it grow to a four-year institution. In 2006, Dr. Buck returned to the faculty as professor of physics and in 2009 became the first director of UWB's Science and Technology Program, now the School of STEM. Prior to joining UWB, Dr. Buck was a prominent member of a team that established the scientific program at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson Accelerator Facility and was the founding director of the Nuclear/High Energy Physics Research Center of Excellence and a professor of physics at Hampton University. As a graduate student at William & Mary, he received a National Science Foundation fellowship and was founding president of William & Mary's Black Student Organization. Dr. Buck served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, including a two-year term as the board's secretary. In 2006, he delivered the keynote address at William & Mary's Opening Convocation, and in 2013 the university awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Commencement. Dr. Buck was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2016.