Dr. Gale A. Buchanan is a native of Madison County, Florida. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida and was a distinguished military graduate of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Program where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After active duty he continued study receiving a M.S. degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

His 51 year career included numerous assignments in leadership roles beginning with that of Research Project Leader at Auburn University. Other leadership assignments followed in academia including Dean and Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Associate Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations and Resident Director of the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Interim Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations, and Dean and Director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Leadership roles in scientific societies included that of officer and member of the Board of Directors as well as chair of many committees. Among those were the Chair of the Board on Agriculture and Board on Agriculture Assembly of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He served in the U.S. government as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics in the Department of Agriculture.

His 33 year military career included over 25 years in command roles including Platoon Leader, Company Commander, CID Detachment Commander and Battalion Commander. His last 3 years were spent as Commandant of the Alabama Military Academy where he was responsible for leadership development programs in the Alabama Army National Guard. His military and academic experience has convinced him of the importance of leadership in all of life's endeavors.