MEMPHIS — The Christian Brothers University Board of Trustees will welcome Robert H. Buckman as its newest member during its February meeting.
Buckman is the Chairman of the Board of Applied Knowledge Group and Chairman of the Board of Tioga Holdings, Inc. (holding company of the Applied Knowledge Group), both of which are headquartered in Reston, VA. He is the former CEO and Chairman of Bulab Holdings, Inc. (parent company of the Buckman Laboratories Group) of Memphis and author of Building a Knowledge-Driven Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2004).
During his leadership of Buckman Laboratories, the company was honored with the Arthur Andersen LLP Enterprise Award for Best Practices in the category of Knowledge Sharing in the Organization (1996); the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Visionary Use of Information Technology in the Manufacturing Category (1997); and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its enzyme technology that eliminates certain problems common in the manufacture of paper products from recycled papers (2004). The Bulab Learning Center was chosen as a Best Practice Partner by APQC for a benchmarking study on Technology-Based Training—Global Strategies for Learning in 1998, recognized for its accomplishments in the distance learning effort. In 2000, 2002, and 2003 Buckman Laboratories was ranked first globally by Teleos and The KNOW Network as the world’s Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise. In 2001 the company was ranked third globally and in 2004 it was ranked fourth in North America.
Buckman has been the recipient of numerous personal and professional honors, including the Rhodes College Distinguished Service Medal; Exporter of the Year by the Mid-South Exporters Roundtable; the Cook-Halle Award in recognition of his contributions to Memphis industry and community; the Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award and Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award by Purdue University; the Knowledge Management Leadership Award from Business Intelligence in London; the CBU School of Business Founders Award; and the Master Entrepreneur Award presented jointly by The Society of Entrepreneurs and Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South. He was also named to the Paper Industry Management Association Leadership Council and recognized as one of the top ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders in 2000 for his world-class knowledge leadership contributions to his company and to the New Economy in a study conducted by Teleos and Work Frontiers International.
Buckman also serves on the boards of the Church Health Center in Memphis and the APQC (American Productivity and Quality Center) in Houston. He serves on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management and has previously served on the boards of Rhodes College, Furman University, and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
Buckman holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He holds Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University (Humane Letters), Asbury Theological Seminary (Humane Letters), Rhodes College (Humanities), and Christian Brothers University (Public Service).