Renny Clark earned his Eagle award in 1960 as a member of Troop 2015 in Homer City. He worked on the summer camp staff at the former Camp Tionesta in 1963 and 1964 and upon graduation from Geneva College in 1965, joined the professional staff of the former Allegheny Trails Council - BSA, serving as Assistant District Scout Executive for the Conestoga District for two years.
Renny served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard from 1965 to 1973, completing his service with the rank of 1st lieutenant as a field artillery officer. He started what would be a 34 year career with the Westinghouse Corporation in 1966 as a projectionist in the audiovisual department and rose through the corporate ranks. When he retired in 2000, he was the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Community Affairs and Chairman of the Westinghouse Foundation. In 1989, his professional and personal contribution to the company as well as to the community was recognized and he was awarded the “Westinghouse Order of Merit,” the corporation’s highest employee award. In the company’s 114-year history, only 455 have ever been awarded.
In 2000, upon his retirement from Westinghouse, Renny was recruited by then Chancellor Mark Nordenberg to bring his talents to the University of Pittsburgh and serve as Vice Chancellor for Community Initiatives and Chief of staff for Chancellor Nordenberg. His two year commitment ended up lasting for 15 years with Renny finally retiring in 2015.
For over 30 years, Renny has been involved in countless Scouting activities and committees for the Boards of the Greater Pittsburgh Council and Laurel Highlands Council including the finance, camping, membership committees and also district operations. He also served as the Executive Vice President of Membership and the Vice President of Endowment. He was the 2010 Eagle Class Honoree and is a Silver Beaver Recipient.
In addition to his work on the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsburgh then the Laurel Highlands Council, Renny’s list of community service is great. In addition to serving as the mayor of Franklin Park for two terms, Renny has been a member of the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company for nearly 40 years—including 18 years as fire chief. When he retired from that position in 2007, the company membership created and bestowed upon him the title “Fire Chief Emeritus.”
Following a life-long commitment to community service, Renny is very active in a number of cultural and civic organizations and has served on the boards of: Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Family House, Jumonville Foundation, Oakland Task Force, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Gateways, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, Regional Industrial Development Corporation, United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, United Way of Allegheny County and the advisory boards of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Extra Mile Education Foundation, and the Salvation Army of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Renny and his wife Linda are active 38-year members of Ingomar United Methodist Church where he has served in numerous leadership roles, including having been the Head Usher for 20 years.