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Duquesne University Board Member Named White House Champion

Esther L. Bush, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and member of Duquesne University's board of directors, was recently honored by the White House as one of its 10 Champions of Change.

The designation, part of President Barack Obama's Initiative to Improve Educational Outcomes for African Americans, spotlights individuals and organizations who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. Bush, who once worked as a high school teacher and college administrator, was cited for her efforts to improve education for African-American students.

"Esther is a tireless and influential advocate for education at all levels," said Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty, who serves on the Urban League's executive committee. 

Under Bush's leadership, the Urban League operates an innovative and successful charter school and promotes volunteer opportunities and mentorship programs in conjunction with Pittsburgh Public Schools and local colleges and universities. She has been appointed to the State Board of Education and Governor's Committee on Academic Standards, and is involved in such programs as Equity and Excellence, which promotes common core curricula, and the African American Achievement Trust, which encourages and publicizes student accomplishments in city schools.

"Esther is a dynamic and dedicated leader for the Urban League, Duquesne and a host of other organizations, many of which are focused on education," Dougherty said. "I am fortunate to work closely with her and extend congratulations on this prestigious national recognition."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.