About The Joseph T. Buba Center
Edinboro University in Meadville – The Joseph T. Buba Center is named to honor the generosity and leadership of alumnus Joseph Buba and his wife, Eleonora.
Longtime advocates and supporters of Edinboro University, the Bubas decided after successful careers in manufacturing and business to leave a legacy of leadership and commitment. They have made an irrevocable charitable gift supporting the Meadville campus and also endowed a scholarship for students pursuing degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Industrial Trade and Leadership, or Physics.
Both natives of the Pittsburgh area, the Bubas met through a blind date on the Edinboro campus, where he was a student and she was a visitor from Ohio University.
Following graduation with a teaching degree in 1969, Joe Buba taught at North Braddock Junior High School, but his true talent and calling were in manufacturing and engineering. His creative talents, management skills and innovation led to increased responsibilities at a variety of corporations, including Boeing, Textron Aerostructures, and McCulloch Corporation. He retired as Senior Vice President of Operations at Generac Power Systems, Inc., leaving a legacy of leadership and commitment to manufacturing excellence and customer service.
Eleonora Buba began her career in information technology in Seattle just as computers were being introduced in the workplace. She advanced in positions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Deloitte & Touche, and First Union National Bank, and retired from Ingersoll-Rand after 13 years as an application analyst.
The largest computer lab on Edinboro's main campus was named the Eleonora C. Navari Buba Computer Laboratory in her honor.
"Words cannot express what it means to have this building dedicated in my honor,” Joe Buba said in December 2009 at the dedication of the renamed Meadville campus, which moved to a new location in January 2013.
“Eleonora and I believe that engineering and technology programs are the key to creating job opportunities of the future. It is also our hope that our support will not only provide financial assistance to deserving students, but also encourage and motivate charitable responsibility in others."