Health 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