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Paul Buckingham Biography


Paul was born in Modesto California, raised in East Los Angeles in his childhood and his family returned to Modesto during Paul's adolescence. When he was nineteen he went on a voluntary church mission to Argentina for two years. Upon his return he married Ligia Torres of Nicaragua. They have two children Pablo who graduated from BYU-Hawaii in 2001 and is currently a Captain in the Air Force and Elizabeth who is currently attending University of Hawaii at Hilo. He and Ligia have three grandchildren, Teo, Tui and Vailoa.

Paul received his BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University and his masters and doctorate in Social Work from the University of Utah. He has worked in mental health centers, the LDS Family Social Services and several hospitals. He came to BYU-Hawaii in June of 1997. He is currently the Director of Student Counseling Services, and the Assistant Dean of Student Life.