Frederick J. Ferrer to Receive Honorary Degree

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Fred FerrerHealth Trust CEO Frederick J. Ferrer will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Santa Clara University at the 2014 Graduate Commencement.

The honorary degree, to be awarded Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the SCU Leavey Events Center, will recognize Ferrer for his “exemplary work in advancing healthy communities and demonstrating a deep commitment to improving the quality of life of the community.” In his invitation, Santa Clara University President, Michael E. Engh, S.J. spoke of Ferrer as leading “with integrity, dedication and ethical character reflective of the values of Santa Clara University. As an advocate and champion of accessible education and social services, you promote the dignity of each person and work to ensure that related policies are just.”

Ferrer has a long and distinguished career of service in the fields of child development, non-profit management, family support and family and community interrelations. An active community leader in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, he was named Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust in November, 2007.

Ferrer earned a B.S. from SCU in 1980 and an M.S. from San Jose State University. He is also a graduate of the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Program at Harvard University. He was on the adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Education for 11 years. He has been on the adjunct faculty at De Anza College for over 20 years.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

About The Health Trust
The Health Trust is a nonprofit foundation that provides grants, services and advocacy to support its vision of Silicon Valley as the healthiest region in America through its three initiatives – Healthy Living, Healthy Aging, and Healthy Communities. The Health Trust AIDS Services is the largest provider of non-medical services to those living with HIV/AIDS in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

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Robert Johnson