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Centers and Institutes

Fresno State is home to a number of centers and institutes addressing vital issues impacting Central California and the world. The following programs represent Fresno State’s engagement in the community and offer unique opportunities for donors to support the university.

Fresno Family Counseling CenterCreated to address the unmet mental health needs of Central California, the Fresno Family Counseling Center provides affordable professional counseling services for children, individuals, couples and families. The Center provides a full range of counseling services to assist individuals and families addressing issues related to social, marital and family adjustment. Fees range from $20-$50 per session based upon household income.

For information about a gift to the Fresno Family Counseling Center contact:

Jeff Rickels

Director of Development
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
559.278.0393 |

Jan and Bud Richter CenterThe Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning operates under the knowledge that students realize unique personal, professional and academic benefits when involved in service to others. This knowledge is consistently supported by research on student learning and development. The Richter Center seeks to expand the university’s culture of service, ensuring that all Fresno State students take advantage of the opportunities afforded them through service.

For information about a gift to the Richter Center contact:

Becky Brown
Director of Development
559.278.1877 |

Welty CenterEstablished in 2002 under the leadership of President Welty, the “Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute” (CVELI) seeks to elevate educational leadership and eliminate the achievement gap for students in the Central Valley.

The institute works with nationally-recognized educational leaders to develop policies and training that help realize the American dream for all children.

The vision is to build upon the success of CVELI by establishing a permanent funding source and rename the institute in honor of President Welty.

Throughout his tenure, Dr. Welty championed the role of higher education as a catalyst for educational and economic growth. The establishment of The Welty Center will sustain President Welty’s passion for improving the educational and economic condition of the Central Valley.

Show your support with a gift to establish the John D. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership.


For information about a gift to the Welty Center contact:

Jeff Rickels
Director of Development
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
559.278.0393 |

Lyles CenterThe Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a nationally-ranked entrepreneurship center with a successful track record of inspiring students, faculty, alumni, and community leaders to act on ideas that build a prosperous future.

The Center uses its strategic position to leverage resources from the entire university to assist innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into businesses. The Lyles Center acts as a bridge for the campus and community, linking resources of both to achieve success in the marketplace.

For information about a gift to the Lyles Center contact:

Kenyeih Williams
Director of Development
5245 N. Backer Avenue Fresno, CA 93730 | PB 281
559.278.2919 |

Office of ResearchThe mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is to advance University research and support the efforts of faculty, students and staff in fulfilling a wide range of goals. Some key services include:

  • Locating Funding Sources
  • Information Dissemination and Training
  • Proposal and Budget Preparation
  • Faculty Research Support
  • Student Research Support

Doug Carey
559.278.0964 |

Smittcamp Honors CollegeThe Smittcamp Family Honors College offers a substantially different learning environment than most honors programs. President’s Scholars are recognized as the university’s leading learners. They study together in very small groups and receive personalized attention from faculty and administration.

The Smittcamp Family Honors College is home to a small group of exceptional students at Fresno State. President’s Scholars are a highly motivated group of learners who are dedicated to achievement in the classroom and the community. A diverse group, they not only achieve knowledge through our program, but through one another as well.

Contact the Smittcamp Family Honors College

559.278.8160 |

To make a Gift

Becky Brown
Director of Development
559.278.1877 |