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Walter L. Buster

Dr. Walter L. Buster is a professor of leadership at Fresno State University and a creator of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Forum. In addition to his service as a superintendent for nineteen years in three California districts, Walt was a teacher at the elementary and secondary levels, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Recently Walt stepped forward to serve as interim superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District, calming the district in a time of political and financial turmoil. Walt’s other leadership activities include leading the Executive Leadership Academy and the Association of California School Administrators Academy. He serves on the national education advisory boards for IBM and Microsoft, and is on the board of WestEd. His bachelor’s degree is from Westmont College, his masters from Chapman College, and his doctorate from the University of Montana. Walt and his wife, Susan, an artist, have two children and one grandchild.