Dr. Ryan Buck serves as the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at Texas State University where he focuses on enhancing the international profile and reputation of the university, provides strategic direction and collaboration for achieving the university’s internationalization goals, and oversees the work carried out by Study Abroad, the Texas State Intensive English program, and the International Office.
Before joining Texas State University, Dr. Buck served as the Executive Director of International Student Affairs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His portfolio included International Student and Scholar Services, International Education and Global Engagement (study abroad), international marketing and outreach, international admissions, the American Language Academy, and international partnerships, agreements and programs.
Dr. Buck's expertise is in comprehensive internationalization, student affairs, strategic enrollment management, international student and scholar services, and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to enhance global engagement and cross-cultural experiences. He served as the Treasurer and Secretary of the board of Study New York.
Dr. Buck also has served as the Director of the Brooklyn College Student Center within the Division of Student Affairs where he developed new revenue generating enterprises to fund student programming and coordinated campus-wide initiatives, including international projects with China and the Netherlands. Prior to coming to Brooklyn College, Dr. Buck was Dean of Student Services at a small, private college that served students underrepresented in higher education. There, he oversaw new initiatives to engage at-risk youth, international students, and low-income adults. He also directed international outreach initiatives focused on Russia, China, and the Middle East.
Before moving to New York in 2003, Dr. Buck worked for the United States Peace Corps in its Southwest Regional Office after he served in the Russian Far East as a Community Educator in English as a Second Language and Information Technology. With a background in program and community development, Dr. Buck worked as the Director of Volunteer Services at an HIV/AIDS non-profit. He also provided youth programming, education and social services to international refugees in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Buck earned a PhD in Public Policy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School. He has an MA in International Politics and Volunteer Management from the University of North Texas and a BA in History and Political Science. His research interests include civic engagement, the economics of international education, international politics, higher education policy, and soldier reintegration policy (GI Bill). Dr. Buck has lived in New York City, London, Prague, Vladivostok, Dallas, and Houston.