The Ford - Ferris Alumni Association was created from a discussion held between Charlie Pryde and James Graham on why Ford Motor Company did not have an Alumni Association affiliation with Ferris State University. In October 2001, James Graham contacted Paul Szatkowski and asked if he could talk to a few Ferris Alumni to see if an Alumni Association could be developed.
Over 550 Ford - Ferris Alumni were identified and a letter was sent asking your interest in developing an Association and forming a Board of Directors. Five individuals came forward (Paul Szatkowski, Beth Bechard, Shelly Patterson, Beth Peacock, Mike Savickas and Jeremy Mishler, Ferris Alumni Relations Manager). On January 17, 2002, the official Bylaws were written to form the first Ford -- Ferris Alumni Association.