Charles Buck, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Executive Officer for U of I Coeur d'Alene
Charles Buck is as the chief administrator and spokesperson for the University of Idaho in North Idaho. He is responsible for programs at U of I in Coeur d’Alene, U of I in Sandpoint and the U of I Research Park in Post Falls.
Since taking on this leadership role with the university in 2011, Buck’s efforts have focused on increasing educational access for all while pursuing meaningful relationships with the community to foster positive growth and development. He’s played a key role in launching many of the initiatives shaping the culture and economy of the region including the nonprofit CDA 2030, the maker space Gizmo-CDA, the Community Water Resource Center, Inspire Idaho, Arts Ed Co-Lab, the computer science degree program in Coeur d’Alene and more.
Buck grew up in southern Idaho. He graduated from College of Idaho before receiving his doctorate in molecular neurobiology from the Weill Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City. He has research expertise in cancer, metabolic diseases and neurobiology. In addition to managing academic research, Buck created and led a startup biotech company in Austria for five years. His experience includes technology development and project management in biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biofuels and personalized medicine.