John D. Welty Elected to California HealthCare Foundation Board

President of California State University. Fresno. begins three-year term


The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) announced today that John D. Welty, president of California State University, Fresno, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Oakland-based health care philanthropy.

Dr. Welty, who has led Fresno State since 1991, brings to the board a deep understanding of the issues facing the residents of the Central Valley, which has some of the greatest health care challenges in our state.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Welty join our board and look forward to adding his unique perspective on our state’s most pressing health care issues, with his particular expertise on the Central Valley,” said Dr. Mark D. Smith, president and CEO of CHCF.

“I am honored to have been selected to join the CHCF Board,” said Dr. Welty. “CHCF has been seeking to improve the lives of all Californians, especially the underserved. It will be a great challenge for me,” he said.

In his 21 years as president of California State University, Fresno, Dr. Welty has helped create and build the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, which brings together university resources with local professionals, agencies, and organizations to improve the health and welfare of local citizens.

Welty has also led the creation of the Fresno Business Council, the Central Valley Business Incubator, the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, the Fresno Area Collaborative Regional Initiative, the Fresno Regional Jobs Initiative, and the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute of Public Affairs.

Welty’s national activities include service as a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) commissioner and a three-year term as the WASC commission chair.

He received his bachelor’s degree in social science from Western Illinois University, Macomb; his master’s in college student personnel services from Michigan State University; and his doctorate in administration of higher education from Indiana University, Bloomington.


About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.