florence t. dunn

office of the president

President’s Message

At CHSU, we strive to inspire and prepare students and all others in our diverse campus community to continue advancing our mission – to improve the health care outcomes of people living in the Central Valley. To help our students achieve their goals, we are committed to providing a quaint and supportive campus culture, developing a distinctive approach to education, and ensuring our programs are accessible to and affordable for all students – especially those from our region. Because only together, can we resolve the dire health provider shortages in the Central Valley and help to support the underserved communities in our region and beyond!

We are accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), we offer the first and only Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs in the Central Valley. Students benefit from the inter-professional collaboration and learning about our current and future programs as the University continues to expand.

CHSU has also partnered with local physicians, pharmacists, and institutions throughout the Central Valley – Community Medical Centers, Kaiser Permanente, Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera Community Hospital, Adventist Health system, United Health Centers, and Camarena Health to name a few – to provide students with diverse clinical education and experiences.

From the dedicated faculty and staff to our community partners, and most importantly our students, together we can improve the health care outcomes of the great people in our region.

Florence T. Dunn
California Health Sciences University

About The President

Florence T. Dunn has served as Founding President of California Health Sciences University since 2012.

Under President Dunn’s leadership, the University has rapidly grown, successfully building the current campus and establishing two Colleges, the College of Pharmacy and College of Osteopathic Medicine, to fulfill the mission of the University. She is a long-time advocate for education and community service.

President Dunn is a seasoned leader with more than three decades of banking experience in California’s Central Valley with an extensive record of shaping and helping organizations of all industries succeed in that region’s unique economy. Prior to joining the University, President Dunn was Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Sacramento and Central Valley regions of California Bank & Trust. In that position she played a vital leadership role in the bank’s strategic planning, financial management, budgetary oversight and she oversaw marketing for two geographically vast and rapidly growing regions within the state.

President Dunn has served in various leadership and service capacities on numerous Boards ranging from health care, education, agriculture and manufacturing to business. She is currently a Board member for the Fresno Economic Development Corporation, the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium and other private boards and foundations. She previously served for thirteen years on the Board for Community Hospitals of Central California and is the Immediate Past Chairman.

Board of Trustees

The University is proudly guided by the Board of Trustees from varying health care, education and business backgrounds. Long-time educator and community leader, Dr. John D. Welty, President Emeritus of California State University, Fresno, served as the founding Board Chair and helped to fast track the University. Our current Board Chair is Deborah J. Ikeda, State Center Community College District Trustee Area 6 and Board Vice President.

Deborah J. Ikeda – Chair

State Center Community College District Trustee Area 6 and Board Vice President
President Emeritus, Clovis Community College
Board of Trustees, Saint Agnes Hospital

Kristen Watson, EdD – Vice Chair

President and CEO, Kern Community Foundation

Susan Abundis – Secretary

(Retired) SVP and Division Credit Manager, Bank of the West Agribusiness Division

Khaja Ahmed, RPh, MS, MBA

Director, Pharmacy Services – SJMC Dignity Health Systems

Darius Assemi

President, Granville Homes

Farid Assemi

Principal, Assemi Group

Farshid Assemi

President, Central Distributing

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Alissa Craft, DO, MBA

Principal, Alissa Craft, Medical Education & Accreditation Consultant

Gerald V. Lyles

Vice President, Lyles Diversified

John McGregor, Esq

Partner, Sullivan, McGregor & Doerr, LLP

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Lindsay Pimentel, OTR/L CHT, CWCE, CEAS II

Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist;
CEO of Hand to Shoulder Rehab, Inc.

Christopher M. Roggenstein

President and CEO, Forward Advantage Inc.

Bill Smittcamp

President and CEO of Wawona Frozen Foods

John Welty, EdD

President Emeritus, California State University, Fresno

Lynnette Zelezny, PhD

President of California State University, Bakersfield

University Strategic Plans

The University’s current strategic plan was adopted in 2019 and outlines the goals CHSU strives to achieve in the five-year span from 2019-2024, including strategies and metrics to help us assess our progress in achieving our vision to enhance the wellness of our community by educating health care professionals dedicated to proving collaborative care for the Central Valley. Program specific strategic plans are also listed below for our Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs.

Related Links

CHSU Strategic Plan 2019-2024
CHSU College of Pharmacy Strategic Plan
CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Strategic Plan