Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     Pursuant to section 13 OR 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

        Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 2, 2005

                            BUCKEYE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         DELAWARE                  33-60032             62-1518973
       (State or other          (Commission            (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of incorporation)  File Number)       Identification Number)

 1001 Tillman Street, Memphis, Tennessee                              38112
 (Address of principal executive offices)                           (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (901) 320-8100

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
            Appointment of Principal Officers.

On August 2, 2005, Buckeye Technologies Inc. announced that Mr. Lewis Holland
has been elected to service as a member of the Company's Board of Directors
effective September 6, 2005 filling the vacancy created by the resignation of
board member Mr. Samuel M. Mencoff.  A copy of the related press release is
attached as Exhibit 99.1.
Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(c)  Exhibits. The following exhibit is being furnished as part of this Report.
Number                                  Description
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    99.1        Press Release of Buckeye Technologies Inc. dated August 2, 2005.


                                                              Exhibit 99.1
News from

                             Contacts:    Kris Matula, Executive Vice President
                                          and Chief Financial Officer
                                          Chad Foreman
                                          Investor Relations Manager
                                          Website:  www.bkitech.com


MEMPHIS, TN August 2, 2005 - Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) today
announced that Mr. Lewis Holland has been elected to serve as a member of the
Company's Board of Directors effective September 6, 2005.  Mr. Holland will
fill the vacancy created by the resignation of long-time Buckeye board member
Samuel M. Mencoff.

Mr. Holland is president of Henry Turley Company, a real estate company
specializing in development of urban communities. Prior to joining Henry Turley
Company, Mr. Holland was with National Commerce Bankcorpation (NCBC), one of the
country's fifty largest bank holding companies prior to its merger ultimately
with SunTrust. At NCBC he served as vice chairman and chief financial officer
and also head of its ancillary businesses including fuel card processing,
retirement plan processing, trust and brokerage, until his retirement in 2001.
Mr. Holland is a former partner with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young and
was in charge of E&Y's Memphis audit staff. He also served as president of UMIC,
an institutional brokerage firm. A graduate of Mississippi State University and
the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School, Mr. Holland is actively
involved in the Memphis Community. He is a past president of the Tennessee
Society of CPA's and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Memphis Symphony
Orchestra. He is currently on the board of the Memphis Arts Council.

Mr. Mencoff, Co-President of Madison Dearborn Partners, L.L.C., a private equity
investment firm, has been a member of the Buckeye board since the Company's
inception in 1993. He is resigning to devote more time to his other business

Buckeye's Chief Executive Officer David B. Ferraro stated, "Sam Mencoff was a
key participant in founding Buckeye as an independent company. He has been an
active and valuable contributor to the Company over the past twelve years, and
we will miss his wise counsel. However, we are fortunate to have a person of Mr.
Holland's caliber joining our board."

Buckeye, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven
materials, is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The Company currently
operates facilities in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Brazil. Its
products are sold worldwide to makers of consumer and industrial goods.

Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve risks
and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive,
governmental, and technological factors affecting the Company's operations,
financing, markets, products, services and prices, and other factors. For
further information on factors which could impact the Company and the statements
contained herein, please refer to public filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized,

                          BUCKEYE TECHNOLOGIES INC.

                          /S/ KRISTOPHER J. MATULA
                          Kristopher J. Matula
                          Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
                          August 2, 2005