Barry M. Buxton has been a teacher, researcher, publisher, editor, and community leader with extensive international experience. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Currently Buxton serves as the president of Lees-McRae College. Prior to his tenure at Lees-McRae, he served as the Vice President of Special Projects at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Buxton has also served as president of various science and history museums in North Carolina, Texas, and Georgia. During the 1980s, he served as Executive Director of the sixteen-member Appalachian Consortium Press.