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Jeanne Buckley Elected Chair of Pomona College Board of Trustees, First Woman to Hold Position

Jeanne Buckley

Jeanne Buckley

Jeanne Martin Buckley has been elected chair of the Pomona College Board of Trustees. She will begin her three-year term on July 1 and will be the first woman to lead Pomona’s Board since the school’s founding in 1887. She succeeds Paul Efron, Class of 1976, who will complete his three-year term as chair on June 30.

Buckley, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona in 1965 and her J.D. from Empire College School of Law in 1979, has been a member of Pomona’s Board of Trustees since 1999. During that time, she chaired both the Student Affairs Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee for four years and served on a number of other committees including the Executive Committee, Facilities and Environment Committee, Strategic Planning and Trusteeship.

During a distinguished legal career, Buckley has specialized mainly in juvenile and family law and then served as a Sonoma County Superior Court Commissioner for more than a decade. In 1995, she was honored as Juvenile Court Judge of the Year by the California Judges Association and Woman of the Year by the Sonoma County Bar Association’s Women in Law group. Since 2003, she has been a professional panel member for Resolution Remedies, a firm specializing in mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. In 2004, she was recognized with the Bar Association’s Career of Distinction Award.

David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, noted that, “Jeanne Buckley has taken a leadership role on a number of Board committees and task forces, and her wise and thoughtful counsel has always been a great resource for the College. I look forward to working even more closely with her to advance the mission and goals of the College.”

A resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., Buckley is married to Edmund H. Buckley, Pomona College Class of 1966, and they have three children. Their oldest is a 1992 graduate of Pomona.