President, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Bill Buckner serves as President and CEO of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., the largest, independent private agricultural research organization in the United States. The Noble Foundation conducts plant and animal science research and sponsors agricultural programs to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.
Buckner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980. He spent his first five years after graduation learning about agricultural retail trade and finance, while working as a sales representative at USS Agricultural Chemicals and an agricultural loan officer at Commerce Bancshares. From 1985 to 1993, he held various positions with the animal health subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, Pitman-Moore, Inc., in Chicago before becoming National Sales Manager.
In 1993, Buckner joined Bayer AG as a Marketing Executive in the Companion Animal Health business. Three years later, he moved to Monheim, Germany, where he worked for the Bayer's Animal Health Business Group as a business development manager. From Germany, he relocated to Toronto when he was selected as Vice President and General Manager of Bayer's Canadian Agricultural business in 1998. Four years later he was appointed to the role of president and CEO of the Canadian subsidiary, Bayer CropScience, in Calgary, Alberta. He assumed the position as President and CEO of Bayer CropScience in April 2006 and held the position until retiring in December 2011.
Buckner became the eighth President and CEO of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., in January 2012. He continues to speak across the country on the virtues of modern agriculture in addressing the global challenges of providing an abundant, sustainable, and safe food supply for the world.
Buckner is a member of the National Board of the National Wild Turkey Federation, serves on the board of Mercy Memorial Hospital, Ardmore Main Street Authority and provides leadership as the Vice Chairmen of the Oklahoma BioScience Association.
He has previously served as a board member and chairman of the executive committee for CropLife America, a board member for Passage Home, a Raleigh, N.C., based non-profit organization, and a steering committee member for the North Carolina Agriculture Biotechnology Center.
Buckner and his brothers continue a family legacy of agriculture production. Together, they oversee and operate a family farm outside of Mexico, Mo. Buckner is married and has four children. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time with family.