Featured Alumni: David B. Buckley
Mr. David Buckley spent a career as a public servant focusing on conducting oversight, much of it in the defense and intelligence areas. He attended the Fairfax Christian School from first grade through to his graduation in 1976. He fondly remembers his teachers, especially Ed Urban and the school’s founders, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thoburn. The “rigor of FCS and the discipline and demand for self–discipline was remarkable.” The members of the school were like family. His experiences at FCS taught him values, honesty and integrity. Mr. Buckley also learned the importance of hard work and will tell you that his High School education at FCS was tougher than college and the equivalent of a Bachelor’s education if not a Master’s in some classes. He
appreciates the personal care his teachers gave to help him academically. He said that his Bible teacher was outstanding and he is grateful to have had the uncommon opportunity to study subjects like Economics, Latin and to learn English using the McGuffey Readers. He recalls how his six years of German at FCS paid off when he was stationed in Germany with the Air Force.
He enlisted on active duty with the Air Force in 1976, specializing in investigations. He continued service with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a civilian in 1984, working for three years before moving to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations under then– Chairman Sam Nunn.
Following eight years on the Subcommittee, including time as chief investigator, Mr. Buckley worked as the special assistant to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, at the General Accounting Office and at the Treasury Department for seven years, mostly as Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. Mr. Buckley then served from 2005 to 2007 as the minority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As
such, he had a purview of the entire intelligence community, including the CIA and developed an understanding from the Congressional point of view of the important relationship that Committees have with the CIA Inspector General.
Mr. Buckley was Presidentially appointed and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the CIA Inspector General in 2010 and served in that role until 2015.
Currently, Buckley is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Federal Practice, specializing in investigations, forensic and risk mitigation strategies concerning fraud, waste, abuse, ethics and related matters for clients. David has spent much of his more than 40 year career mitigating threats for major federal agencies.
Mr. Buckley credits the Fairfax Christian School for having “set him on the right path personally and professionally.” “[As a student] you have no idea how you are being shaped.” His advice to the next generation of students is to “Let life stretch you. Don’t try to fit inside the box.” The Fairfax Christian School is so proud of the great heights that Mr. Buckley has achieved and we look forward to seeing what he will do next.