In February 2015, Ferris was proud to announce a generous gift from Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman. The Hagerman family has a rich history with Ferris State, with three generations of pharmacy program graduates.
“When my father got out of the service, he was motivated to pursue some form of medical profession, he picked pharmacy and started at Ferris,” said Phil Hagerman. “His time at Ferris was exciting and positive – his experience launched his career and set me, my older sister, and my eldest daughter on the same path.”
Hagerman continued, “The Hagerman Foundation gift reflects our commitment to education and our commitment to Ferris. We want to recognize and celebrate what an important role Ferris has played in my personal success, my family’s success and in the growth of our company, Diplomat. My wife, Jocelyn, and I believe in the pharmacy profession and we believe in students, so the fact this gift will help support youth makes it more rewarding.”
Ferris President David Eisler, on behalf of the university, expressed gratitude for the generous and historic contribution from 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.