Scott Buck retires with 31 years of service

Kevin Carraway, Willie Lee, Scott Buck, Rick Niswander

Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services Scott Buck, second from right, was presented with a plaque commemorating his 31 years of service during a retirement reception in November. Pictured with Buck are (from left) Kevin Carraway, director of Materials Management and interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services; Willie Lee, director of Auxiliary Services, and Rick Niswander, vice chancellor of Administration and Finance.

Scott Buck retired on November 30, 2017, after 31 years at ECU. He was associate vice chancellor of Administration and Finance/Business Services.

At the time of his retirement, Buck was responsible for overseeing the departments of Materials Management, Student Stores, 1 Card, University Printing & Graphics, Vending, and Mail Services. He also served as property officer, a position which kept him busy purchasing property on behalf of the university.

“Scott Buck brought to his position the highest level of integrity and high moral principles,” said Nellie Taylor, former director of Materials Management. “He kept the welfare of the university foremost in his mind, taking every measure necessary to ensure that every unit under his management provided the highest possible customer service to the university community.”

His ability to understand the needs of the university stemmed from his lifelong ties to ECU and eastern North Carolina. Buck’s father was an administrator for many years at ECU, and Buck is an ECU graduate, having earned a BSBA degree in marketing in 1977. After graduation he moved to Chesapeake, Va., to work for Volvo Penta. Two years later he returned to Greenville to accept a purchasing position with Grady White Boats.

“I was so glad to come home in 1979 to work for Grady White,” Buck said. “Eastern North Carolina is home.”

In 1986 Buck was hired at ECU as assistant director of purchasing. He became director of Materials Management in 1990 and university property officer in 2000. In 2001 he was named associate vice chancellor of Administration and Finance/Business Services.

Buck credits the Business Services staff with making his transition to associate vice chancellor a smooth one. “I had always done projects for the previous associate vice chancellors, and I had a great team of employees that did a super job,” Buck said. “I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated and professional staff. They are the heart of ECU.”

During his time at ECU, Buck had a hand in many important projects. He spearheaded the delicate task of relocating the Forbes, May and Barnes cemetery to allow for the development of the new dental school. When housing needed to be found for hundreds of students displaced while campus dorms were being renovated, Buck oversaw the bidding and leasing of local apartment units.
One of his most recent projects was helping to establish a seven-block area in Greenville’s warehouse district as a millennial campus.

“With every decision he made and every action he took, Mr. Buck always had the best interests of the university in mind,” said Leslie Craigle, director of Business Services Marketing. “His guiding principle for overseeing the Business Services unit and property office was that all things relating to ECU had to be handled in a professional and courteous manner, and to do whatever it takes to get the job done efficiently and responsibly.”

Buck served on numerous ECU committees: Patent, Enterprise Risk Management, Property Review, University Space, as well as the Uptown Greenville Board and One Stop Task Force. He is past president of the National Association of Educational Buyers-Carolinas, the UNC Purchasing Association, and the Coastal Conservation Association. He is also a member of the Pirate Club and Black Jack Original Free Will Baptist Church.

In 2010, Buck was recognized for his service with the Centennial Award for Excellence, the highest honor an ECU faculty or staff member can receive. “We have come so far as a university,” Buck said. “While driving around campus and looking at all the changes that are happening, I am proud to have played a small part in the growth and expansion we are experiencing.”

Business Services honored Buck with a retirement reception in November. He was presented with a plaque commemorating his 31 years of service along with several gifts.


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