The inaugural honoree of the Prepetual John D. Welty Visionary Stewardship Award is Fresno State President Welty, the award’s namesake.

The Central Valley Business Incubator sponsors the award, scheduled for presentation at its Central valley Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct 10, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building.

The Welty award was created to honor individuals who believe in and support small business, and provide the vision and stewardship for future success and growth.

Welty is being recognized for his commitment to connecting the Fresno State campus the entire region to meet such challenges as health care disparities, economic development, diversity, educational needs and volunteerism. Welty has led Fresno State to recognition as one of the nation’s most community-engaged universities.

For more information, contact the Central Valley Business Incubator at 559.292.9033 or visit