Beaufort Jasper Hilton Head (SC) Alumni
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Joseph L Buckingham, Sr.
Brother Joseph L. Buckingham, Sr, born and raised in New York City, was initiated into the fraternity in January, 1990 in the New Rochelle/White Plains Alumni chapter (NY) where he became Keeper of Records. He moved on to the Queens Alumni chapter (NY) where he was also Keeper of Records. He later joined the Brooklyn/Long Island Alumni chapter where he was Keeper of Exchequer until he moved to Hilton Head Island in 2005. Brother Buckingham is a life member of the fraternity and the Northeastern Province. He is currently Vice Polemarch, the parliamentarian and chapter historian/reporter.
Brother Buckingham holds a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Economics from Manhattan College. Very soon after graduation he was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Army, mostly in Germany, leaving as a Specialist 5th Class. Returning from service, he joined IBM. Over the next twenty five years he held a variety of assignments in field technical sales support, sales, information systems, product forecasting, marketing programs, and 2nd level field technical support before joining Chase Manhattan Bank, subsequently JP Morgan Chase, as a technology audit manager and an IT manager. During his tenure at IBM he earned an MBA in Finance with a minor in Accounting from Iona College. During his tenure at the bank he earned certifications as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Brother Buckingham and his wife Claudia resided in New York City until they relocated to the Lowcountry. They have two sons, Joseph – an artist and Christopher – an IT consultant. They have three grandchildren, Christopher, Ashley and John.
A resident of Hilton Head Island since 2005, Brother Buckingham is: immediate past President of the Board of Second Helpings; Treasurer of Safe Harbour of Hilton Head; a member of American Legion Post 49; past President of the board of Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island and a former board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Low Country, Inc.; a board member of the non-profit Center For Service Leadership, Inc.; and a graduate of the 2011 Leadership class of the Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber Of Commerce. He was formerly: a member of the board of the Greater Hardeeville Chamber Of Commerce; a member of the Virtual Business Incubator and Micro Finance committees of the LowCountry Small Business Hub, Inc.; a member of the fund raising committee of the Native Islander Business and Community Affairs Association (NIBCAA); a Strive To Excel mentor at Hilton Head HS; and a vice president of the board of the Indigo Run Community Owners Association. In New York City, he was: a member of New York City Community Planning Board 12; a member of the Queens County advisory board of the Urban League and chair of the Whitney M. Young Scholarship selection committee; a co-founder and chairman of the Technology Literacy Corporation, a 501C3 firm that targeted technology literacy and entrepreneurship in the minority communities of Queens County, New York; a lecturer at Mercy College (MIS and statistics) and York College (cooperative education – personal and professional development); and a cubmaster.