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In February 2015, Ferris was proud to announce the generous gift given by Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman. The Hagerman family has a rich history with Ferris State, as three generations became pharmacy graduates at Ferris.

“My father, when he got out of the service, was excited about being in some form of the medical profession, he picked pharmacy and started at Ferris,” Phil said. “Through his entire time at Ferris, all of his stories were exciting and positive and it launched a career for him, and set me, my older sister, and my eldest daughter on that same path.”

“This is a symbol of our commitment to education and our commitment to Ferris,” Phil said. “We want to make sure that the pharmacy industry recognizes what an important part Ferris has been in my personal success, my family’s success and in the growth of our company, Diplomat. For myself and my wife, Jocelyn, one of the most rewarding parts of the gift is to support youth. We believe in the pharmacy profession and we believe in students. One of the goals, for the Hagerman Foundation, is to support education.”

Ferris President David Eisler, on behalf of the university, expressed gratitude for the generous and historic contribution on behalf of the Hagerman family and the Hagerman Foundation.

“This is an extraordinary moment in Ferris State University’s history. As a university community, we are all very grateful to Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman, and the Hagerman Foundation, for this wonderful investment in Ferris’ College of Pharmacy, our faculty, staff and most importantly, our students,” Eisler said. “For years to come, our entire pharmacy community will enjoy the opportunity to learn and work in the Hagerman Pharmacy Building.”

Stephen Durst, dean of the College of Pharmacy, acknowledged the importance of this gift toward strengthening student access to a quality pharmacy education and long-range facility improvements.

“Through this leadership-level gift to the College of Pharmacy, Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman will be enhancing opportunities for students with the introduction of a transformative scholarship program, expanding curricular options through support of program development and ensuring students are educated in state-of-the-art facilities,” Durst said.

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A symbol of our commitment to education and our commitment to Ferris.