Brig. Gen. James “Jim” AuBuchon, a retired longtime PSU administrator, died Sept. 1, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was 77.

Brig. Gen. James “Jim” AuBuchon

Brig. Gen. James “Jim” AuBuchon

For nearly 40 years, he played a significant role in the expansion of the campus, university programming, the growth of Pittsburg, and in military service.

President Steve Scott said AuBuchon was the “very definition of a leader.”

“His tenacity allowed him to not just define a vision, but to marshal the forces necessary to construct it,” Scott said. “Our campus and our community are stronger because of Jim’s unending desire to make a difference.”

AuBuchon, who graduated from PSU in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, often said he owed everything he accomplished to the time he spent at PSU.

After a tour of duty that included a year in Vietnam, he returned to PSU to join the staff as the assistant director of the Overman Student Center. He completed a master’s degree at PSU in 1969 and a Ph.D. from Kansas State in 1978.

AuBuchon’s career included serving as an administrator in student affairs, in university development where he served as director of major giving, and in university advancement where he served as vice president. He also served as the executive director of the PSU Foundation.

He played a key role in raising funds to complete the Kansas Technology Center, Carnie Smith Stadium, the Tyler Research Center, and the Student Recreation Center/Pittsburg Armory.

In 2016, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the US Army ROTC National Hall of Fame.

He chose the columbarium at PSU’s Timmons Chapel as his final resting place. A service honoring his life was held on Sept. 16 at the PSU Veterans Memorial, of which AuBuchon oversaw the creation and development.