He was always regarded as a leader on the basketball court, and former IU star Quinn Buckner is still making his way to the top.
Buckner has been named the chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees. He has served on the board since his appointment in 2016.
The chair of the board presides over all trustees meetings, names and identifies the duties and responsibilities of all board committees, and fills committee vacancies.
“I am most familiar with the dynamics of a team,” Buckner told the trustees. “We’re all better when we do what we’re responsible for. So let’s all work together to ensure IU’s success.”
Buckner received the men’s basketball team MVP award in 1975. He was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986 and is a member of the I Association.
Buckner played basketball 1973-76 and was captain 1974 and 1976. He played football from 1973-74. Buckner played on four Big Ten championship teams and helped lead 1976 team to a NCAA title with a 32-0 record. He was IU’s co-MVP in 1975, All-Big Ten in 1974 and 1975, and an All-American in 1975 and 1976. He was a starter and captain of the 1976 Olympic basketball team.
Buckner shares with Magic Johnson and Jerry Lucas the distinction of winning a basketball championship at every level: high school, college, the Olympics and the NBA.
Professionally Buckner is the vice president of communications for Pacers Sports and Entertainment and is a longtime professional basketball television analyst. He is on several not-for-profit boards, including the IU Foundation, the Pacers Foundation, the Indiana Youth Institute and Special Olympics of Indiana.
The 66 year-old Buckner had a 10-year professional career and was head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.
Buckner earned a bachelor’s in business from the IU Kelley School of Business.
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