Last year, Methodist Sports Medicine gave Quinn Buckner a Brady Lifetime Achievement Award for his long list of stunning accomplishments. Buckner is one of only seven basketball players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was also one of the most popular players under IU’s notorious coach Bob Knight, serving as a team captain during the Hoosiers’ run to an undefeated 1976 season and Knight’s first national championship.
Today, Gov. Mike Pence added to Buckner’s impressive list of credentials, appointing him to IU’s board of trustees.
According to a recent press release about the appointment, Buckner will serve a three-year term, alongside Melanie S. Walker.
“Quinn Buckner is a business leader, philanthropist, Olympian and Hoosier basketball legend,” Pence said in the release. “He epitomizes the Hoosier spirit and tradition that are synonymous with Indiana University and will do a tremendous job for IU.”
An IU business graduate, Buckner is happy to return to his old stomping grounds.
“What IU means, it means a lot to a lot of people,” Buckner said in an Indy Star story today. “They’re allowing me to be a part of the inner workings, if you will. That’s what makes this so humbling.”