June 01, 2017
Lynn Buck, the new first lady of Susquehanna University, originally crossed paths with Jonathan Green when they were undergraduate music majors at the State University of New York at Fredonia. That initial encounter led to a first date and ultimately a harmonious partnership that has endured for more than 30 years.
Ms. Lynn Buck
The chemistry between them is apparent; friends and colleagues consistently refer to Jonathan and Lynn as partners. As Jonathan assumes the presidency of Susquehanna, it’s clear the university is getting a team that is delighted to make the campus community its home.
A studious kid, “Ms. Buck,” who retained her maiden name when she and Jonathan were married, grew up in Rome, N.Y., the daughter of an accountant and an administrative assistant to the high school guidance department at Rome Free Academy. She was an only child until she was 8, when her brother was born, and then a sister four years later.
The niece and great-niece of musicians, Lynn’s musical talent showed itself early. An accomplished pianist and flutist, she spent 18 years as a middle school band director. She also taught fine arts as an adjunct faculty member at Elon College (now Elon University), directed the flute studio at Sweet Briar College, and supervised music student teachers at Illinois Wesleyan University, where her husband spent the past six years as provost and dean of the faculty.
An avid reader who enjoys print editions of both books and newspapers, Lynn is a former board member of the Citizens for Adult Literacy and Learning in Amherst County, Va. Most recently, she worked in the reading lab of Heartland Community College in Bloomington-Normal, Ill., where she was trained in the Read Right® methodology. The position involved teaching students with learning challenges and those for whom English was not their first language, a role she found very rewarding.
“Some of the students had advanced degrees, but they did not know English. They wanted to learn it so they could get jobs that would enable them to support their families.”
Those who know Lynn describe her as a caring person, who is tuned in to other people. Talented and self-assured, she wholeheartedly supports Jonathan, who calls her the love of his life.and a nephew, Lynn recently made a quilt for one of her nieces as a 13th birthday gift. Clearly a labor of love, she incorporated fabric from a dress she had made for the same niece when she was a little girl.
Lynn looks forward to spending more time with family now that she and Jonathan are “back East.”
She enjoys sewing, baking and gardening, and shares Jonathan’s love of the arts. A number of student- and faculty-produced pieces lined the walls of the couple’s Illinois home.
Lynn, who has already walked the campus many times with Jonathan, says she is looking forward to serving as an ambassador for Susquehanna and to hearing the stories of the people who constitute the university community.
“I love that Susquehanna is so student-centered. That has come out loud and clear,” she says.