Profile of New CPS Dean Greg Buckley

As we reported earlier this month, Sustainability Studies professor Greg Buckley has been appointed Interim Dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies (the school that houses Sustainability Studies).

Gregory Buckley, associate professor of natural science, research associate with the Field Museum of Natural History and a long-time resident of Crystal Lake, Ill., has been appointed interim dean of Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, effective immediately.

A paleontologist and a full-time faculty member in the College of Professional Studies since 1999, Buckley is well-known for his work in Madagascar where he and colleagues discovered a new species of crocodiles, a vegetarian crocodile, which has been featured in science journals internationally. More recently, Buckley has been active in promoting ecological restoration at the Cook, Lake and McHenry forest preserve districts, as well as land-use transformation in the Schaumburg area.

As interim dean of the College of Professional Studies, Buckley will be responsible for recruitment and retention of adult learners returning to college for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in specialized areas including criminal justice, sustainability studies, hospitality management, training and development, organizational leadership and paralegal studies.

“I’m excited to be able to lead the college in promoting these programs and in our efforts to attract adult students who are going back to school for bachelor’s degrees or are changing careers,” said Buckley, who succeeds John Cicero, who recently left Roosevelt to take a job as dean at National University in San Diego.

Previously serving as associate dean of the College of Professional Studies, Buckley earned his BA in Geology from Hartwick College in New York and a PhD in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Over the years, his paleontological work has taken him to Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Chile, Argentina and Africa.

As dean, he will split his time between Roosevelt’s Chicago and Schaumburg campuses. His interim position will be effective through June 2013.

Congratulations again to Dean Buckley!

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