Campus: CSU, Fresno -- August 03, 2001
CSU, Fresno President Is New Chairman of the Board at American Humanics
John Welty, president of California State University, Fresno, is the new
Chairman of the Board of American Humanics, an organization that works
with 85 colleges and universities nationwide to educate and prepare college
students for careers as nonprofit professionals.
Dr. Welty has been active on the Board of Directors of American Humanics
since 1998. He has served as Vice-Chairman before accepting the position
as Chairman of the Board. He replaces David Oliver, partner with the law
firm Berkowitz, Feldmiller, Stanton, Brandt, Williams & Stueve in
Kansas City, Mo.
Based in Kansas City, American Humanics is the only national organization
devoted to preparing college students for professional careers in nonprofit
organizations. It partners with colleges and universities nationwide,
and 18 national nonprofit organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs
of America, National Urban League, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America,
American Red Cross, and YMCA of the USA. More than 2,000 college students
worked toward American Humanics' program certification over the last year.
"American Humanics is experiencing phenomenal growth across the country.
In fact, more than 70 per cent of the campus-based programs have been
affiliated for five years or less," said Dr. Welty. "Our major
emphasis in the coming year will be to help these newer programs become
firmly established on their campuses and in their communities."
Dr. Welty has been president of California State University, Fresno since
1991. Fresno State enrolls more than 18,000 students and offers 56 undergraduate
degree and 40 master degree programs, including the American Humanics
nonprofit management program.
"Dr. Welty shares American Humanics' vision of taking the organization
to the next level of excellence as we continue to build our national network,"
said Kirk Alliman, president of American Humanics. "Dr. Welty, along
with the Board of Directors, will provide the leadership necessary to
make this vision a reality."
Dr. Welty has a long history of working in education. Prior to assuming
the presidency at California State University, Fresno, he served as president
of Indiana University of Pennsylvania for seven years and vice president
for Student and University Affairs for four years. He also serves in several
local, state, and national leadership positions, including the Renaissance
Group, a national organization dedicated to improving teacher education
programs; and is a leader in promoting service learning and volunteer
service for students.
"American Humanics programs not only prepare college students for
careers in the nonprofit sector, but also teach them how to serve their
communities as they work in the organization," Dr. Welty said. "Our
efforts are geared to benefit nonprofit organizations and the youth and
families they serve."