Ferguson to Offer Lecture at Arkansas Tech March 13

Cindi and Jimmy Ferguson
Cindi and Jimmy Ferguson

Arkansas Tech University benefactor Jimmy Ferguson will provide the spring 2024 ATU School of Business Distinguished Lecture Series address.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville. It will be free and open to the public.

Dr. Russell Jones, ATU interim president, announced in December 2023 that the forthcoming student union and recreation center on ATU’s Russellville campus will be known as the Ferguson Student Union. It is named for Jimmy Ferguson, his wife Cindi and their family in recognition of their lead gift in support of the construction of the facility.

Ferguson served on the ATU staff from 1975-94. He advanced to the rank of assistant vice president and dean of students before entering the private sector.

While at ATU, Ferguson was elected president of the Arkansas College Personnel Association in 1982. He served the National Association for Campus Activities as the chairman of the board of directors. He held an appointment by Gov. Bill Clinton to the Arkansas Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism.

Since completing his service to ATU and entering the private sector, Ferguson and his family have owned and operated more than 30 McDonald’s franchises in central Texas for almost three decades. He has held numerous national and regional leadership positions with the McDonald’s organization.

He has also served as chairman of the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

Learn more about the ATU College of Business and Economic Development at www.atu.edu/business.