Helping Out A World Away: Widener-PMC Graduate Leading Peace Corps in Pacific Islands

November 16, 2010

A 1968 graduate of Penn Morton College (the civilian counterpart of Pennsylvania Military College, Widener’s predecessor), has been assigned to direct Peace Corps efforts in two Pacific island nations — the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.

Renwick “Ren” Nelson, a retired Florida attorney and business manager for two financial services companies from 1975 to 1997, will oversee operations in the island nations. “Peace Corps country directors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their jobs,” Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams said. “They work tirelessly and compassionately to support the work of our volunteers in the field.”

Nelson has worked for the Peace Corps since May 2007.   In January 2009, the Peace Corps assigned him to Washington as the chief administrative officer for the Europe, Mediterranean and Asia (EMA) Region.  Earlier, Nelson and his wife, Brenda Drew, served as volunteers in Tonga from 2000 to 2002.

Nelson earned a B.S. in Engineering from Penn Morton College while serving in the Air Force.   “I was one of seven U.S. Air Force active duty personnel selected to attend Widener as part of the Air Force Airmen Education and Commissioning Program,” Nelson wrote in an e-mail.  “We were all married and lived off campus. My wife and I lived in Norwood, Pa., during my attendance.”

For more on Nelson, read the Peace Corps press release.  For a map of Micronesia and Palau, click here.


One comment

  1. Congratulations Mr Nelson and best wishes to you in all your endeavors. We truly appreciate our military and our alumni! Thanks for all you do!

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