Personable and Professional

Buford, John

Associate Professor of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education / Coordinator of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education Major

Fun facts about John:
Before becoming a college professor, he served 20 years in the Marine Corps infantry in a variety post and deployments around the globe.
In the summer, he is an Outward Bound Instructor, leading wilderness expeditions and team building and leadership development programs.
He hosts a ‘Spring Feeding Frenzy’ BBQ at his home every April for our students, staff, and faculty to celebrate another great year in WLEE.
He spend weekends at his farm on a tractor or in the forest on a mountain bike.


Ph.D. in Education, Training and Performance Improvement Specialization, Capella University
M.S. in Strategic and Operational Studies, Marine Corps University
B.S. in Forest Resource Management, Southern Illinois University

Professional Activities:

20 years in U.S. Marine Corps infantry in a variety of command and staff billets in many operational venues around the globe

Master Educator Instructor for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Instructor – Level IV Whitewater Canoeing and Level IV Whitewater & Coastal Kayaking Instructor, American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue, Professional Certified Coach


Contact Information

Phone Number: 828-577-0739


John Buford - BC Faculty