Ray A. Buchanan

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree

Ray A. Buchanan cofounded Stop Hunger Now in 1998, following an 18-year career as the founder and co-director of the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia-based domestic food relief organization. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.  An ordained United Methodist minister, Rev. Buchanan is fueled by the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime and, to that end, has dedicated himself to helping those in the greatest need.  He created Stop Hunger Now as an entrepreneurial model for providing rapid, cost-effective responses to international crisis situations. Rev. Buchanan is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his humanitarian effort. His awards include the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Alumnus of the Year Award, the Caring Institute National Caring Award, the National Association of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award, the Maxwell House “Real American Hero Award,” the North Carolina International Human Rights Award, the International Affairs Council’s Citizen of the World award and the News and Observer’s 2010 Tar Heel of the Year. Articles on Rev. Buchanan and his work have appeared in the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Francisco Examiner, the Houston Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic, the Raleigh News and Observer and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Weekend News and the 700 Club. A native of Texas, Rev. Buchanan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity from Shenandoah University and Conservatory.