Benedictine's Settich Elected President of Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

  • Friday, August 16, 2013

John F. Settich, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Benedictine College, was elected president of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 9, 2013.  Settich was appointed to the Board by Governor Mark Parkinson on June 23, 2010 as one of three public members of the 15-person board.   He will serve as president and chairman of the board for a one-year term.

Members of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts serve the people of Kansas by setting policies and governing discipline of medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors and 11 other categories of medical professionals who are licensed under their own practice acts.  In total, 24,000 medical professionals depend on the Board of Healing Arts and its full-time professional staff.

Settich holds a doctoral degree in political science and public policy.  He has been teaching full-time at Benedictine College since 1998.  For more than 20 years, he was executive director or a member of the senior staff for national and regional medical associations in Chicago.  He began his career in health policy in 1973 working for Dr. Bill Roy, a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1970s.

Settich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from St. Benedict’s College at Atchison, Kansas; a Master of Science degree in management of public services at DePaul University, Chicago; and a doctoral degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to being a long-time advocate for excellence in American health care, Settich has served as a member and as president and board chairman of diverse groups, including Atchison Hospital, the Girl Scouts of Chicago and the Conference of Medical Society Executives of Greater Chicago.