2018 Distinguished Alumnus: Kathleen Buse
Shaler Area is proud to announce 1977 graduate Dr. Kathleen Buse has been named the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.

Dr. Buse was recognized during Shaler Area High School’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Nov. 15 for her accomplishments following high school graduation and her contributions to advancing women in the workplace. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized,” said Dr. Buse. “I am especially proud that the recognition is being received during the NHS induction ceremony. The four pillars of NHS – character, scholarship, leadership, and service – have been foundational in my life. I sincerely believe that these pillars are fundamental to creating a happy and successful life.”

The Shaler Area School District created the Distinguished Alumnus Award to recognize and honor the graduates of the Shaler Area, Shaler, Etna or Millvale School District who have made a valuable contribution to society either in his/her personal or professional life.

A committee of teachers and administrators from Shaler Area High School selects the winner of this award annually as a way of recognizing the many accomplishments of its graduates.

Following her 1977 graduation from Shaler Area High School, Dr. Buse went on to pursue a successful 25-year career in industry, beginning as an engineer and advancing to executive leadership. She then spent 10 years in academia where she became an award-winning researcher and top-rated educator. After immersing herself in the five decades of research on women in the workplace and drawing on her own experiences in industry, she designed strategies and solutions for women and their leaders. These efforts have measurably increased women’s achievement within organizations especially in leadership roles and other critical professions including engineering.

Today, Dr. Buse is the director of the Employer Resource Council (ERC) Women’s Leadership Institute where she helps employers recruit, retain, and advance women through research-based solutions and development services. Previously, Dr. Buse served as president of Advancing Women in STEM, and as faculty director for the Leadership Lab for Women at Case Western Reserve University and adjunct professor at Case Western.

“To all current, future, and past students of the Shaler Area schools – my wish for you is that you be a life-long learner, be healthy, and mostly importantly keep dreaming,” said Dr. Buse. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Dr. Buse earned a Doctor of Philosophy in management from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering/engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Her industry experience includes Kodak, Lubrizol, Avery Dennison, and Sherwin-Williams. She is an active volunteer and currently serves as a board member at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, in Cleveland, Ohio, and she serves as board member and chairs the education committee at Magnificat High School, located in Rocky River, a Cleveland suburb. 

She and her husband have three children and live in Lake County, Ohio.
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