Susan M. Kapusta

Susan KapustaSusan M. Kapusta, Ph.D.
Executive in Residence
Mervis 268

Susan M. Kapusta is an accomplished business executive who most recently served as President of the United States Steel Foundation, the philanthropic arm of United States Steel Corporation, a Fortune 200 Company. She was named President of the United States Steel Foundation in 2007, General Manager in 2004, and Director in 2000, and served as a member of the United States Steel Foundation Board from 2000-2013.

Kapusta has over 30 years of diversified business experience with United States Steel Corporation, including more than 16 years managing communication, media relations, and event planning on behalf of senior-level corporate clients and a workforce of 35,000.

She worked not only with the USS parent organization, but also with its subsidiary, U.S. Steel Mining, as the Manager of Commercial Services, a multi-million dollar global sales and services operation. She climbed the corporate ladder at U. S. Steel from an entry-level position, completing all three of her higher education degrees summa cum laude on a part-time basis. She also served as an adjunct professor at her two alma maters, Duquesne University and Robert Morris University.

While Kapusta has a long list of achievements throughout her career, some of the most notable can be seen in her work as the President of the United States Steel Foundation and General Manager of Community Affairs. From 2000 to 2013, she skillfully guided the Foundation Trustees to align $25 million of charitable assets with the company’s strategic business objectives and core values. She repeatedly steered U. S. Steel’s United Way Campaign to the “Million Dollar Club” level for local campaigns, and has been an active leader in the United Way of Allegheny County’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Kapusta has been a champion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education investment for the company and the region.

During her distinguished career at U. S. Steel, Dr. Kapusta served as a brand ambassador for the company and the industry. She is the founding editor of U. S. Steel’s Envision environmental newsletter, an internal publication distributed companywide. She forged an award-winning partnership with a local school district to design and operate an environmental outdoor classroom on U. S. Steel property that received certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council (the nationally accepted certification system for operating corporate lands for learning). Her educational children’s book, The House That Roscoe Built, was published by the American Iron and Steel Institute (a steel industry association) and distributed nationwide (1994). She also received the Allegheny County Commissioners’ Award for public service and steel recycling leadership (1992).

A native of Pittsburgh, Kapusta earned a reputation for fundraising excellence in her hometown. She served as a cabinet member for the $58-million Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh “Libraries for Life” Capital Campaign chaired by the CEO of U. S. Steel and the International President of the United Steelworkers Union (2006 public launch). She received numerous awards for fundraising, including the Cultural Trust President’s Award for Fundraising Excellence (2008), the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Hunger Awareness Day Award (2010), the Junior Achievement National Bronze Leadership Award (2011), the American Red Cross Leadership Award (2010), the United Way Million Dollar Club Annual Award (2000-2013), and the Chairman’s Scouting for Food Annual Award (2000-2013).

Dr. Kapusta brings a wealth of corporate leadership experience and insight to the academic world. She is currently a Executive-in-Residence at the Katz Graduate School of Business. She serves as a communication specialist who provides career-related coaching to students. She also serves the Pittsburgh educational community by designing and teaching graduate-level courses in business, communication, community relations, and ethics at several universities. Kapusta wrote an article,  “Why Communication Matters,” that was published in the University of Pittsburgh inaugural edition of “Outside the Classroom - Educating the Whole Student” (2009). She received the Duquesne University 2007 Anthony L. Bucci Award for “Excellence in Communication Ethics” and had the honor of delivering the 2006 commencement address at Robert Morris University.

Kapusta earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Corporate Communication from Duquesne University, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in management, from Robert Morris University. She holds certificates from the Harvard Law School Negotiation Program and the Boston College Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship, and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVI.

Currently, she serves on the Boards of the Cultural Trust and Junior Achievement, and was a member of the Allegheny County Community College Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2007.

Make an Appointment

Susan Kapusta is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays to assist students with career-related communication challenges, such as cover letters, resumes, emails, PowerPoint, interviews, and networking. Students and teams may schedule appointments with her through the Katz Career Connection site.