Bluso Named Chair of Business Administration
Linda L. Bluso, partner-in-charge for the Cleveland office of Brouse McDowell, Co. LPA, one of the few woman managing partners of a large Cleveland law firm, has been named chair of the Division of Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace University. While her appointment at BW is effective April 1, she will continue to be Of Counsel with Brouse McDowell.
Noted as one of the top-five women executives by Smart Business Cleveland, Bluso succeeds Peter Kelly, who retires at the end of this academic year.
With approximately 650 undergraduate majors and 500 MBA students, Bluso will lead one of Ohio’s largest business programs.
“We are delighted to welcome Linda Bluso to the BW community,” said Mary Lou Higgerson, vice president for academic affairs. “She is the ideal person to build upon the distinctive combination of high quality instruction and practical application that marks the student experience here and to help expand our institutional engagement with the business community in northeast Ohio.”
Bluso, who resides in Brecksville, is a magna cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University, where she also earned her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1982. She served for 19 years as one of the named and founding partners of the law firm formerly known as Buckley, King & Bluso.
In 2002 she moved to Brouse McDowell, Co., serving as partner-in-charge for the Cleveland office for the past five years. Her areas of specialty span corporate counseling, joint ventures, venture capital, construction, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution.
Active in the broader community, she served on the Ohio Department of Development’s Financing Advisory Council from 1998-2007 and served on Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s Finance-Assessments and Licenses Action Team in Phase II of the Operations Efficiency Task Force. She currently is chair of In Counsel With Women, an organization of women achieving the highest levels in their professional and community lives, and the 2010-11 Cleveland Metro Lead for the American Heart Association’s Nationwide Executive Leadership Team for Workplace Giving.
In board leadership and volunteer roles, Bluso has served the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Council of Smaller Enterprises, the American Red Cross Cleveland Chapter, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the Union Club and others. She also is a 2003 alumna of Leadership Cleveland.
She recently was named a 2011 YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Achievement and is featured in the Corporate Law section of Best Lawyers 2011. She also was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business, an honor for the top one percent of northeast Ohio attorneys, and as COSE’s 2007 Volunteer of the Year.
“I’m looking forward to using the skills of a lawyer in this new setting,” said Bluso. “And, I am very excited about the upcoming opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students at this fine College and to help them be more fully engaged with the business community."