University of Pittsburgh — Past, Present and Future

April 12, 2011

Speaker: G. Reynolds “Renny” Clark, Vice Chancellor for Community Initiatives and Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

From Pitt Website:
The university that began in a humble log cabin has evolved into an internationally recognized center of learning and research. Medical breakthroughs, amazing discoveries, and brilliant victories dapple its long history. For 215 years, Pitt has been making the world healthier, safer, and more tolerant, but there is always more work to be done… (See Pitt website for timeline and history)

About the Speaker: Gordon Reynolds (Renny) Clark is a native of Western Pennsylvania and a 1965 graduate of Geneva College, from which he received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and the College’s highest award, the Life “G” in 2005.  He currently serves on the college’s Board of Trustees and chairs the Board’s Institutional Advancement Committee.

Renny is very active in a number of cultural, civic and sports organizations and serves on the boards of: Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Family House, Greater Pittsburgh Council – Boy Scouts of America, Jumonville Foundation, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development,  Regional Industrial Development Corporation, United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, United Way of Allegheny County and the Advisory Board of the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Renny and his wife, Linda, have two grown children and reside in the City of Pittsburgh.  Formerly he resided in Franklin Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh where he served as the Mayor for five years and was a 30-year veteran of the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company where he served as Fire Chief for 18 years and prior to that as Assistant Fire Chief for 11 years.  He was also a Board Member and Secretary of the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority, where he chaired the annual fund drive campaign and served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Borough from 1980 to 2008.   Renny and Linda are active 30-year members of Ingomar United Methodist Church where he has served in numerous leadership roles.

Renny retired from the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation in April 2000 after a 34-year career where his responsibilities as Chairman of the Westinghouse Foundation included corporate philanthropy and community sponsorship programs.  He also served as Executive Director of the Corporation’s staff services functions, including managing the Executive Headquarters Building, Research Center facilities, Corporate Aircraft, and Corporate Security.  In 1998, he received the Order of Merit – the Corporation’s highest employee recognition award.

In August 2000, Renny joined the senior administrative team at the University of Pittsburgh where he is now Vice Chancellor for Community Initiatives and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor with responsibilities for governmental relations, local economic and community development initiatives and the daily operations and programs of the Chancellor’s office.

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