Austin Buchan

CEO
College Forward

Austin Buchan is the CEO of College Forward, a Texas-based nonprofit whose intensive, culturally-appropriate mentoring programs propel students from underserved backgrounds to collegiate success.

Since joining in 2010, Austin has redefined College Forward’s vision to bring intensive coaching services to every underserved student in Texas. He has established long-term partnerships with college and university leaders to build sustainable coaching programs for first-generation, low-income collegians -- a model that has grown to serve over 12,000 students throughout Texas.

In 2014, Austin cemented College Forward as a leading social enterprise by building and sharing cutting edge technology for over 40 high schools, colleges, and nonprofit organizations seeking to revamp student services. This industry-leading student information system, called “CoPilot”, allows non-profit and education advisors to access and analyze critical data in order to deliver more targeted interventions.



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