Settich Elected President of Healing Arts Board

Benedictine’s Settich Elected President of State Board of Healing Arts

John SettichTOPEKA, KAN. -- The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has elected John Settich, PhD, professor and chair of the Benedictine College Department of Political Science, as its new president. The Board also elected Thomas H. Estep, M.D., a Wichita-area physician, as vice president.

Settich has served as a member of the Board since 2010. He is a graduate of St. Benedict’s College (now Benedictine College), earned a master’s degree in public services management from DePaul University, and a doctorate in public policy and political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His career has included positions in government and military service, management of healthcare associations and organizations, and academia.

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts licenses and regulates most of the healthcare professions in Kansas, including more than 31,000 healthcare providers in 16 different professions. The mission of the Board is to protect the public by licensing only safe, well-qualified healthcare professionals, and enforcing laws and regulations that prevent and remediate professional incompetence, unprofessional conduct or other unsafe professional practices by persons granted the privilege to practice the healing arts in Kansas.

The 15-member Board consists of five Doctors of Medicine, three Doctors of Osteopathy, three Doctors of Chiropractic, one Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and three public members. The Board also incorporates 10 professional councils that help oversee allied health professions regulated by the Board. More information regarding the Board may be found at