J. Roger Glunt, Distinguished American

J. Roger Glunt is a homebuilder, remodeler, real estate developer, and housing advocate from Pittsburgh, Pa., and is president of Glunt Development Co., Inc. He has long been active in local, state, and national housing issues. He was the 1969 President of the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, the 1976 President of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, and the 1993 President of the National Association of Home Builders. He served as a member of the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh from 1995 through 2001 and was chairman of its Affordable Housing & Community Investment Committee during that period. He also has served as the 1998, 2001 and 2002 Chairman of the Board of the NAHB Research Center, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Housing Endowment from 1995 to 2003. He served as a member of the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council in 1994 and 1995. In 1999, he was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame.

In 1973, he served as a member of the Governor's Commission on Mortgage Interest Rates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Board of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and Chairman of its Project Review Committee from 1985 to 1996.

Glunt was a member of the Churchill Borough Council for ten years. For eight years he served as Vice President of Council and as Chairman of the Police Committee. In 1988 and 1989, he was elected President of the Westinghouse Valley Chamber of Commerce.

HUD Secretary Jack Kemp appointed him to the Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing in 1990. The Commission released its report, “Not In My Backyard” in 1991. An artillery officer in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, he completed his active duty at the rank of First Lieutenant.

Glunt is a 1960 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Business and served as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees from 1997-2005. In 2008, the University elected Glunt an Emeritus Trustee. He was the 1994-95 and the 1995-96 President of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association and in 2005 elected Director Emeritus. In 2000, he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Pitt Alumni Association and in 2003 the Alumnus of Distinction by the Pitt Band. In 2006, the University presented him the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania State University Advisory Committee for the Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair of Residential Construction and also Chairman of the Pennsylvania State University Advisory Committee for the J. Roger Glunt Graduate Fellowship in Residential Construction. In 1994, The Sigma Chi fraternity presented the “Significant Sig” award to him and in 1998 they inducted him into The Order of Constantine. In 2007 he was elected to the Sigma Chi Hall of Fame. He received a Hearthstone BUILDER Lifetime Public Service Award in 2004 and was the recipient of the CASE District II Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service in 2004.

He presently serves as the President of the Homebuilding Community Foundation. Glunt and his wife, Lee, have five children and eleven grandchildren. They reside in suburban Pittsburgh in the Borough of Churchill.