Wilson’s Buck Lauded for Innovative Student Development Leadership


CHAMBERSBURG- Wilson College Vice President for Student Development Katherine M. Buck, M.S.W., has been selected as one of the 2024 Trailblazers in Higher Education. Her inclusion in this list, announced May 28 by City & State Pennsylvania magazine, places Buck among a dedicated group of scientists, linguists, attorneys, lobbyists, and administrators who are responding to the economic, social, and technological changes impacting higher education today. 

Buck joined Wilson in October 2022, bringing to the position more than 30 years of experience as a collaborative and community-minded student affairs leader. Buck is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and effective administration of the College’s student development division and its many functions and services. The position works closely with the president, the executive team, academic deans and directors, faculty, staff, students, and the Board of Trustees to strengthen the co-curricular dimensions of student life and enhance the Wilson experience and a sense of community and belonging for all students.

Wilson President Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D., said, “We are delighted that Kathy is being recognized as an innovative leader in higher education. She understands the importance of creating an inclusive, supportive learning community to guide student development. Her insight, energy, knowledge, and experience are an integral part of our administrative team.”

Prior to her position at Wilson, Buck served as vice president for student life and mission integration at Saint Elizabeth University (formerly College of Saint Elizabeth), N.J. Sheholds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and education (elementary and special education) from Clark University, Mass., and a master’s in social work with concentrations in administration, policy, and planning from Rutgers University, N.J.

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