Fresno State alumnus Patrick Ramirez, vice president of corporate services at Community Medical Centers, and Gary Chahil, board president of CCI Inc., were named to the University Advisory Board by Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro.

The 21-member panel of community members provides strategic input on development of the University. Members generally serve three-year terms.

Ramirez is a Firebaugh native who earned a health science degree from Fresno State in 2005. He earned a master’s in public health with an emphasis in health policy and management from University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health in 2012.

At Community Medical Centers, Ramirez helped develop corporate strategy and evaluate long-term business opportunities and real estate investments.

Previously, he held director and vice president positions at Clovis Community Medical Center and was responsible for all ancillary and professional support services. Before joining CCMC, Ramirez was an administrative director in Ambulatory Services at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco where he oversaw regional operations and business development for outpatient pediatric specialties.

Ramirez is a leadership fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Health Leadership and was recently honored as an American College of Healthcare Executives Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Scholar. In 2018, he will start his second term as a board member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders.

Chahil is a Michigan native and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s of business administration in international business and finance and a doctorate in corporate strategy at University of Michigan.

He previously worked for Ford Motor Company in Michigan and served as district director for Congressman Jim Costa for the Fresno and Merced district offices of the 16th Congressional District of California.

Chahil, who was named CCI Inc. board president in 2004, graduated from the 2017 Fresno County Farm Bureau FAACT Class XIV, an eight-month intensive, educational program for community leaders to acquire knowledge on a broad spectrum of issues affecting the agricultural sector of the region.

“I am pleased to appoint these two talented professionals to the University Advisory Board,” Castro said. “Patrick brings extensive health care experience from his work at UCSF and Community Hospital and Gary possesses a vast knowledge of public policy, agriculture and business issues. Each will be valued advisors as the board discusses key issues that shape the bright future of Fresno State.”

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University Communications news intern Yesenia Candelaria contributed to this report.