The James and Shirley Kuse
Chair in Chemical Engineering

James Kuse, former chairman of the board and co-founder of Georgia Gulf Corporation, was a 1955 graduate of OSU's College of Engineering. In 1997, he and his wife Shirley, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and the University of Oregon's nursing program, established the James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering to promote an integration of classroom instruction with direct, practical exposure to industry.

The Kuses have long been generous supporters of OSU. In addition to funding the endowed chair, they made significant contributions to the expansion of The Valley Library on behalf of their son Michael, a 1988 graduate of the OSU College of Business. They have also made important gifts to the OSU Alumni Association and the Burgess Engineering Unrestricted Fund. The couple's other affiliations include Lewis and Clark College, the National Petroleum Refiners Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, and the American Chemical Society. James Kuse passed away in 2001.

The Kuse Chair provides the stability needed to keep the Department of Chemical Engineering focused on a well-balanced, hands-on, undergraduate program, while pursuing research and innovation in emerging areas of chemical engineering. Holders of the chair identify industry issues, design curriculum, and maintain a first-rate, innovative undergraduate program. The endowment supports a research and teaching program in an area of chemical engineering that is of critical importance to the profession and to Oregon.


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