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Former VP for Business Affairs Returns to UT Tyler as Academic Adviser

September 7, 2007

Dr. Ferguson advising student in office

UT Tyler student Brittana LaPrairie of Jacksonville discusses her academic plans with Dr. Jim Ferguson.

According to Dr. Jim Ferguson, former vice president for business affairs at The University of Texas at Tyler, you can’t get enough of a good thing.

After serving the university four years in an administrative role, the recent retiree is back – this time as a part-time academic adviser.

As a retiree, Ferguson enjoys participating in leisure and volunteer activities as well as working part-time in the “stimulating and enjoyable” UT Tyler environment.

“I was blessed to be able to retire a bit early in 2006,” Ferguson said. “During the past year, I enjoyed working part-time elsewhere in Tyler but I wanted to return to the environment of a university. I enjoy very much working with students and reconnecting with my friends and colleagues. My previous position here gave me a good understanding of the university, its goals and aspirations, as well as an appreciation for the wonderful people here.”

While serving UT Tyler as vice president for business affairs from 2002 to 2006, Ferguson helped complete a number of projects on campus, including the Herrington Patriot Center, Patriot Village, Braithwaite Building and the Baseball/Softball Complex. He also helped initiate the William Ratliff Engineering Complex, which was the largest both financially and structurally he oversaw, as well as Ornelas Residence Hall.

“I joke around with folks and say I was like Moses on those projects. I led the people to the promise land but didn’t get to go across,” Ferguson laughs.

In his current role, Ferguson primarily advises freshmen in the UT Tyler College of Business and Technology.

“He has such a vast knowledge of higher education and has already formed mentoring relationships with some of our freshmen. He is a very caring and patient person who takes his time with the students and works hard to help them make the rights decisions,” said Janna Chancey, UT Tyler academic advising center director.

According to Joe Vorsas, UT Tyler director of human resources, the university is fortunate to have Ferguson for a second time around.

“He is a servant-leader in the finest sense, and I know he is as glad to be back at UT Tyler working with our students as we are to have him back,” Vorsas said.

Ferguson holds a master’s degree in business administration and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University. An avid golfer, he also enjoys fishing and being involved in voluntary and church activities. He and his wife of 34 years Jane, have two grown children.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

Hannah Buchanan
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