Fresno State President John D. Welty announced Friday morning that he will retire in the summer of 2013.
With a tenure that began in August 1991, Welty is the longest serving president in the 102-year history of Fresno State. He has extended the university's regional and global reach, cultivated unprecedented private financial support and promoted diversity, innovation, service, enterprise and community engagement as foundations for the university's future.
Under Welty's leadership, Fresno State has greatly enhanced its academic programs and overseen the construction of $425 million in new facilities. Fresno State's enrollment has grown from about 19,800 to over 22,000 students and today offers 61 undergraduate degrees, 45 master degree programs, and three doctoral degrees.
Welty, who turns 68 next week, made the announcement during his annual Fall Assembly address to faculty and staff in the Satellite Student Union.
"It has been a great honor and privilege to serve this university and region," Welty said. "I shall forever be grateful to our faculty, staff and administrators for their sacrifice, dedication and commitment to serving the students of Fresno State.
"The work of our university community - combined with generous support, help and advice from alumni, donors and friends in the larger community - has helped to build Fresno State into the premier regional university that it is today," he said.
Welty said he intends to continue to serve the California State University system as a trustee professor at a CSU campus.
"CSU has been very fortunate to have John serve as president for the past 21 years, and he will leave a lasting legacy at Fresno State," CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said.
Information from Fresno State