Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO to address students

35 students will receive diplomas at spring 2010 commencement on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. in the Wunderely Gymnsaium


The keynote address to the students at the spring 2010 commencement will be from the president and chief executive officer of The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Esther L. Bush.  A graduate of Pittsburgh?s Westinghouse High School, Bush began her career as a high school teacher.  She has progressively moved up the ladder of the Urban League movement, starting in 1980 as the assistant director of the labor education advancement program for the National Urban League in New York, N.Y.


She is nationally recognized as a strong advocate for economic and social equality initiatives that benefit African Americans and thereby the whole community.  During her tenure at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, it has become one of the most accomplished affiliates in the country, leading by example with a perfect five out of five on a recent performance review conducted by the National Urban League. 


Bush is a current member of the International Women?s Forum, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, and of the International Women?s Forum Board of Directors.  She is also on the boards of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Systems, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnegie Science Center, and Duquesne University.


She earned a bachelor?s degree from Morgan State University and a graduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University both located in Baltimore, Md.  She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Hartford in Connecticut in 1997, a Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Carlow College in Pittsburgh in 2004, and in May 2009 she received a Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.