Ferrum Prepared Simmons for a Better Life

Bob '63 and Judy Simmons

Bob Simmons ’63 never thought he would attend college. Growing up in West Virginia, he was part of a family that valued a strong work ethic over an education. Working full time since the age of 12, Simmons focused only on what was required to graduate from high school, and he was the first in […]

Ferrum Represented at VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Energy conference

The Energy & Sustainability Conference sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University in February, brought together more than 800 participants, including national business and institutional leaders, to discuss the issues impacting energy and sustainability strategies. Dr. Jennifer Braaten joined a Higher Education Leadership Roundtable along with Jon Alger, James Madison University president, and Colette Sheehy, University of […]

Ferrum Instilled a Strong Work Ethic in Ayers

Walter '62 and Lynn Ayers

The reasons a person gives back to his or her alma mater are often personal ones, stemming from a family history, a profound experience, a sense of civic duty, or a private matter altogether. For Walter ’62 and Lynn Ayers, it is a combination of several of these. Ayers was encouraged to attend Ferrum College […]

George T. Byrd Memorial Garden Project Under Way

Dr. George T. Byrd

Dr. George T. Byrd was actively involved with students, his colleagues, and the community. To honor his commitment to agriculture and to Ferrum, a memorial garden project was announced during the Centennial Celebration weekend last October. The ceremony took place at the Agriculture Club and Environmental Sciences reunion at the Ferrum College Titmus Agricultural Center. […]

Dining Services Fund Example of Living Motto


The Dining Services Auxiliary Fund originated in 2004 as part of The Campaign for Ferrum College. The fund was created by dining services staff who wanted to directly assist students with the cost of textbooks under the direction of Jeff Gring, associate vice president for operations. In the inaugural year, 100 percent of the staff […]

Ferrum College Completes The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Challenge Grant

Ferrum College

In November 2012, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation awarded Ferrum College a two-to-one challenge grant of $50,000 to assist with capital building costs for the Phase II “capstone” of Garber Hall, the primary science facility on the College’s campus, which includes a new science classroom addition. A year later, the College successfully met that challenge […]

Professional Services Grant Assists Students with Grad School Prep

Ferrum College

Last May, 20 students graduated with a degree from Ferrum College in Health Sciences or Pre-professional Science; more than 65 percent had a 3.0 GPA or higher. Over the course of the past four years, nearly 30 students gained admission into postgraduate health profession educational opportunities. While this achievement is one that certainly should be […]

A Letter of Thanks From Brittany Nicole Hawks ’13

Nicole Hawks '13

April 2013 Ms. Kim Blair VP for Institutional Advancement Ferrum College Ferrum, VA 24088 Dear Ms. Blair, I am a senior at Ferrum College and will be graduating in May 2013, having earned a Bachelor of Science double major in pre-professional science and biology. During my time at Ferrum, I developed an interest in medicine […]

Message from VP of Institutional Advancement (IA)

Kim Blair

Happy springtime to all the members of our Ferrum Family! With the New Year well under way and the campus charging full speed ahead to commencement, I wanted to share my reflections on the year’s progress with you. In addition to the logistics of the Athletics department returning to our IA team, our offices have […]

In Support of Teaching

Ken Gassman

“The most critical asset of an institution is the faculty; if you do not have a strong faculty, the college will never be successful.” This statement from Ken Gassman, Jr., member of the Ferrum College Board of Trustees, demonstrates what he believes is one of the highest priorities for Ferrum College. “My focus is to […]

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