University of Pittsburgh
July 6, 2000

PITT NAMES TWO TO KEY GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITY RELATIONS POSITIONS

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PITTSBURGH, July 6 -- G. Reynolds Clark, a 33-year veteran of the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation, has been named to the newly-created position of executive director of community and governmental relations for the University of Pittsburgh. Dennis P. McManus, who has worked in governmental relations at the University since 1974, has been appointed director of Pitt's Institute of Politics, succeeding Morton Coleman, who recently retired. Both appointments become effective August 1.

Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg noted that these appointments reflect the University's ongoing commitment to regional development.

"The University of Pittsburgh continues to assume an ever-increasing role in our community, not just as an institution charged with educating many of our citizens, but as a major contributor to regional development," said Nordenberg. "I believe these appointments are another indication of how seriously we view the University's responsibility not just as a 'citizen' of southwestern Pennsylvania, but the entire Commonwealth. Both Mr. Clark and Mr. McManus have demonstrated commitments, both professional and personal, to working for the betterment of our community that will be invaluable in our efforts to advance the University and the region."

Most recently the executive director of corporate services and community affairs for CBS/Westinghouse Electric Corporation and chairman of the Westinghouse Foundation, Clark has a long and distinguished reputation for service to the Greater Pittsburgh region.

He co-chairs Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey's STEP FORWARD committee on volunteerism, and this year becomes a five-time chairperson for the United Way of Allegheny County's "Day of Caring." He is or has been a member of the board for numerous organizations including the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Commission for Workforce Excellence, World Affairs Council, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, Geneva College, Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, the Salvation Army, Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America, River City Brass Band, and Pittsburgh CLO.

In his new role, Clark will direct the office responsible for developing and strengthening effective relationships between the University of Pittsburgh, federal, state and local governments, and community representative organizations.

"I am well aware that Pitt is on the move," said Clark. "I am honored and pleased to join this institution of academic and research excellence. I look forward to working with Chancellor Nordenberg, the faculty and the staff in helping the University continue on its ambitious path of revitalized leadership through its educational, economic, and civic initiatives."

Clark earned his BA in speech from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and a certificate from the School of Sales and Marketing Management at Syracuse University. A 21-year member of the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company (serving the last 11 years as fire chief) and a participant in Leadership Pittsburgh, Clark includes among his awards the prestigious Westinghouse Order of Merit and the Distinguished Service Award from the Geneva College Alumni Association.

Clark and his wife, Linda, live in Franklin Park.

At the University, McManus has served on the executive and program and policy committees of the Institute of Politics, and as a member of the Residency Appeals Board.

McManus is vice chairman of the Oakland Business Improvement District, treasurer of the Oakland Development Fund, and a member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. He recently completed two terms as a public member of the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors, including four years as vice chairman. This past April, McManus was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to a six-year term on the State Board of Nursing.

He also is a member of the legislative liaison committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, and served on the working group of the Strategy 21 Economic Development Partnership.

The Institute of Politics is a non-profit, non-partisan program at the University which provides educational programs and services for elected officials at the local, state and national levels, as well as for other civic, community, business, and foundation leaders. The Institute provides a forum for public and private sector decision-makers to share diverse viewpoints and discuss policy questions with each other and with experts from the University of Pittsburgh, across the nation and around the world.

Through its seminars, briefing sessions and workshops, the Institute of Politics encourages communication among different levels of government while providing a "living laboratory" for University faculty and a real world observation post for students.

"Having worked for a number of years with elected officials and community leaders, I know how valuable a public service the Institute of Politics can be," said McManus. "Facilitating the free exchange of ideas, encouraging dialogue, and providing access to information are all positives, and I am excited about this opportunity to build upon this unique educational resource."

McManus earned his BA in rhetoric and public address and political science and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Marjorielu, live in Squirrel Hill.

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