APRIL 2022 • No. 17
CVHEC Founder Welty Returns for Summit and 20th Anniversary
In 2000, then-Fresno State President John D. Welty and other area higher education leaders made history by creating the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) to increase the college-going rate in the Valley’s nine-county region from San Joaquin to Kern counties.

They summoned the chief executives of 23 area colleges and universities for “a seamless higher education system that would be vital to the Valley’s future.”
This year for its 20th anniversary, the Consortium – now with 29 members from Stockton to Bakersfield whose presidents and chancellors make up the CVHEC Board of Directors – will reunite with President-Emeritus Welty at its HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT May 6,
CVHEC Founder Dr. John D. Welty
CVHEC Founder Dr. John D. Welty

announced Dr. Benjamín T. Durán, CVHEC executive director. May 2 is the new deadline to register at:   
READ MORE about Dr. Welty and CVHEC's Summit 2022
CVHEC Summit May 5-6: 'Post Pandemic World:

Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley'

Greetings and welcome to our April e-newsletter. 

This is a special issue that highlights your first live Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Higher Education Policy and Legislative Summit since the pandemic-shutdown two years ago and inviting you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Consortium.

This year's summit with the theme, “The Post Pandemic World: Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley,” May 5-6 will focus on the good work the members of the consortium have been doing on their campus in spite of the limitations imposed on us all by the pandemic. 

As the theme indicates, the conditions brought on by the shutdown of campuses due to the COVID19 virus highlighted some inequalities on our campuses that demanded attention.  In the post pandemic world, our college and university campuses will be much more attentive and responsive to creating environments that take into account, equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice.  If you will be joining us, we know you will find value in the panels on the program.

We also invite you to join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of CVHEC in 2022.  A special bonus for the day is the attendance of Dr. John Welty, President-Emeritus of California State University, Fresno and the founder of the Consortium.  He will be joined by a couple of other founding members to discuss the origins and the issues that led to the establishment of CVHEC.

We hope you enjoy this issue of our monthly e-newsletter and we look forward to seeing those of you who are able to join us next week at the summit (do come in for our Cinco de Mayo Reception at 5:30 p.m. on
Thursday).  Registration for our free event is open through May 2 at
SEE Director's Message Online
Top: Stephen Kodur, Nataly Frias and Veronica Mendez Garcia.
Bottom: Alicia Bias, Brianna Zatarain and Isaac Bates.

Summit Attendees Will Hear the Voice of Student Experiences
A special feature of the 2022 CHEVC Summit will be a student experiences panel with students who were featured in two Central Valley Higher Education Consortium videos in the past year including current Fresno Pacific University student body president Veronica Mendez Garcia and California Community College Student Senate Past President Stephen Kodur, a Reedley College 2021 graduate. 

The pair will elaborate on their comments in CVHEC’s broadband access video sharing their broadband experiences during the pandemic as well as their collegiate experience in general.
Also sharing their experiences will be dual enrollment students Nataly Frias of Turlock,  Alicia Bias of Washington Union High School (Fresno) and Isaac Bates of Corcoran High School who were featured in a CVHEC video on dual enrollment that was released last month as well as Brianna Zatarain of Delano.
READ MORE about Student Experiences Panel
CVHEC Summit Cinco De Mayo Reception: Presenting Las Hermanas Medina
College-going Family Provides Cultural Flair

For our Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Summit Cinco De Mayo Reception on May 5 (5:30-7:30 p.m), CVHEC is pleased to present Las Hermanas Medina, a trio of sisters raised in the Central Valley community of Hanford, California.

Sophia, Isabela, and Paulina Medina are higher ed alumnae or currently enrolled in a CVHEC-member institution. The reception, at the DoubleTree Inn-Fresno, is open to all summit attendees. Register by May 2.
READ MORE about Las Hermanas Medina
CVHEC Board of Directors News – Congratulations!
The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Board of Directors is made up of the presidents and chancellors of our 29-member institutions in the nine-county region from San Joaquin to Kern counties.
Dr. Jones nearing retirement as
Fresno Pacific University president
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Jones, who will be retiring as president of Fresno Pacific University this  summer after nearly five years of service.
Dr. Bennett announces retirement as
Clovis Community College president  

Congratulations to Dr. Lori Bennett, who informed the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Board of Directors earlier this month that she will retire as president of Clovis Community College in January.  
Dr. Hall Named Interim Fresno City College President
Congratulations to Dr. Marlon Hall on his appointment to serve as interim president of Fresno City College by State Center Community College District Chancellor Carole Goldsmith.   
READ MORE about CVHEC Board Members
CVHEC Member News
• Fresno Pacific’s Culture & Arts Center Ribbon Cutting is May 25
• CVHEC members honored with CCO Excellence in Placement Awards

• Clovis Community Sets Groundbreaking for the New Applied Technology Building
• Fresno City College breaks ground for two new facilities: First Responder and Science Building
• Two CVHEC members conducting presidential searches
• Fresno State Earns Prestigious Seal of Excelencia Certification

(CVHEC members are encouraged to submit stories: 
READ MORE about the FPU Ribbon Cutting
REMINDER: CVHEC Legislative and Policy Summit - May 6
The new registration deadline for the 2022 CVHEC Summit in downtown Fresno is May 2:

CVHEC 2022 Mini-Grant Applications 
Applications for the next Central Valley Higher Education Consortium 2022 Mini-Grant cycle are now being accepted and will continue until funds are allocated.
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