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Visiting Committee Member Profile: Stephen F. Kirk

Stephen F. Kirk, Executive in Residence, Visiting CommitteeStephen F. Kirk

Executive in Residence

Monte Ahuja College of Business

Following his retirement from Lubrizol in December 2011, Steve Kirk joined Cleveland State University as Executive in Residence in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. 

Steve enjoyed a 43-year career at Lubrizol, a $6 billion Fortune 500 Company (2010).  He was elected Chief Operating Officer in 2008; prior to that, he served as President of Lubrizol Additives.  He joined LZ as a co-op/intern in 1968 and full time in 1972, and enjoyed roles in engineering, sales, and marketing until being elected Corporate Vice President in 1993.  Lubrizol was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2011.

Steve joined the Board of Directors of Ashland, Inc. (NYSE), a Fortune 500 specialty chemical company, in 2013.  He is also on the Board of ICM Products, Inc., a privately owned supplier of specialty silicone polymers.   He served on the Board of Directors of Robbins & Myers (NYSE), a supplier of equipment and systems for global energy and industrial markets from 2006 until its sale to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in 2013.  He is a director and Vice Chair of Vocational Guidance Service, a Cleveland non-profit agency which “helps prepare people with barriers to employment for a brighter future”, and a member of the Boy Scouts Greater Western Reserve Advisory Council. He was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2010.

Steve earned a bachelors and masters degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Cleveland State University, and was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business from CSU in 2007.  He serves on the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Foundation Board (Chair), and the CSU Monte Ahuja College of Business Advisory Board (Chair from 2007-2012).