The longtime leader of the Urban League of Rochester is retiring next year.
Bill Clark, whose tenure at that organization spans 37 years, is retiring effective April 5, 2019.
Clark joined the Urban League in 1981, serving as Chief Financial Officer. In 1994, he was named President and CEO.
During his time with the organization, the Urban League’s annual operating budget increased to more than $6 million per year. He was also a key part of the purchase of the League’s headquarters on North Clinton Avenue and a capital campaign to renovate the building.
“When I started my career at the Urban League of Rochester in 1981, I never envisioned that it would be as rewarding, satisfying, and fulfilling as it has been,” Clark said in a statement released on Monday “It has been a journey of love and I am honored to be a part of the Urban League’s history in this community. I will always be an Urban Leaguer and stand ready to continue supporting and furthering its mission.”
“It goes without saying that Bill Clark’s service, passion, and commitment to the Urban League Movement is without comparison,” said Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, “His absolute professionalism, commitment to empowerment and fighting justice, and steady hand has made the Urban League of Rochester one of the best affiliates in the history of the Urban League Movement.”
“Through Bill Clark’s leadership, the Urban League of Rochester has expanded its services and evolved to meet the diverse needs of the Rochester community,” said Glen Jeter, Urban League of Rochester’s Board Chairperson, “We are grateful for his service and look forward to continuing his strong legacy.”
The Urban League position in Rochester will be advertised to the local community starting on November 1.