John D. Welty
John D. Welty

Dr. John D. Welty

California State University, Fresno

Office of the President


John D. Welty has served as the seventh president of California State University, Fresno since 1991. Since his appointment, the university completed a major planning effort, expanded its diverse student body, created an Honors College, revised its general education requirements, and added new academic programs and institutes.

Welty’s national activities include service as a WASC commissioner and a three-year term as the WASC commission chair. He is past chair of the American Humanics, Inc. Board and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and WAC Board of Directors. He served on the NCAA Board Executive Committee and the special NCAA Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics. Locally, Welty has been a leader in establishing the Fresno Business Council, Central Valley Business Incubator, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, Collaborative Regional Initiative, Regional Jobs Initiative, the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute and several other partnerships.

Welty’s awards include the Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement and Support for Education, the Fresno Business Council’s Excellence in Public Service Award, and the Fresno Compact’s Harold H. Haak Award for Outstanding Business Partnership Educator of the Year. In 2010, Welty received the Sequoia Award from the Great Valley Center and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Western Illinois University.

Academic Experience

President and Professor of Education, California State University, Fresno, 1991 to date.

President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1985-91.

Interim President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984-85.

Vice President for Student and University Affairs, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1980-84.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs/Director of Residences and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology and Student Development, State University of New York at Albany, 1977-80.

Director of Residences and Adjunct Professor, Counseling and Personnel Services, State University of New York at Albany, 1974-77.

Chairman, Division of Student Development and Instructor of Education, Southwest State University, (Minnesota) 1967-74.

Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director, New Student Orientation Program, Michigan State University, 1966-67.


Ed.D., Administration of Higher Education, Indiana University
M.A., College Student Personnel Work, Michigan State University
B.A., Social Science, Western Illinois University