Penn State Hershey Campaign names chair

Dennis P. Brenckle, president of PNC Bank, Central Pa., has been named chair of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s new campaign committee. "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center," is part of Penn State’s University-wide fundraising effort, "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students."

The comprehensive campaign will give high priority to funding student scholarships and to enhancing and developing research and patient care initiatives that build upon the Medical Center’s strengths as a leading academic health care center. A public kick-off of the campaign will take place in April 2010.

“We are pleased that Denny has agreed to serve as chair of the For the Future campaign committee,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, chief executive officer at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine. “He is a passionate volunteer who will bring a wealth of both personal and professional experience to this critical leadership role.”

“Having served as a member of the Medical Center’s board of directors since its inception in 2000, and as a member of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital campaign committee, Denny is well informed about the needs and priorities of the Medical Center and understands our impact on the health and welfare of those in the region and beyond. I am confident that with Denny’s partnership, we are poised to reach new milestones in philanthropic support for our missions of education, patient care, research and community service.”

“I am honored to be able to serve as chair of the For the Future campaign committee,” said Brenckle. “Over the years, I have chosen volunteer roles that would make a positive impact on the community in which I live and work. I can think of no organization that better meets that objective.”

“The Medical Center and College of Medicine provide so many important services to our area, and as an academic health care center, it also has an impact on medicine far beyond central Pennsylvania. I look forward to helping the Medical Center and College reach and exceed their ambitious fundraising goals.”

Brenckle is a graduate of Duquesne University and the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University. He joined PNC in 1970 as a management trainee and was named a bank officer in 1971and assistant vice president in 1973. He was appointed vice president and district manager in 1977 and was selected to lead the private banking division in 1983.

In 1986 he joined Hershey Bank, a PNC affiliate in south central Pennsylvania. He assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of Hershey Bank in 1987 until his move to Ohio in 1991. He spent more than six years in PNC’s Cincinnati market, where he directed retail banking and the Private Bank. Brenckle returned to Pennsylvania in 1997 and assumed the role of president, PNC Bank, Central Pa.

In addition to his service as on the Medical Center’s board of directors, Brenckle also serves as chairman of the board for the Pennsylvania Partnership for Culture, Health and Education Inc., and serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Harrisburg Area YMCA. Previously he served on the boards and executive committees of the Harrisburg Symphony, Modern Transit Partnership and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

He and his wife, Patti, live in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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Last Updated November 03, 2009