It's the end of an era.

Last Friday, President Ferry announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year and caused quite a stir among students, parents, and alumni on social media and beyond. Here are some of the most “<3” worthy posts.

One president to another

Dr. R. John Buuck

President Ferry’s predecesor (1979-1997) extended a phone call to say: “You’re way too young to retire!” Turns out President Ferry is older than Buuck was when he retired in ’97. 🙂

From across Lake Michigan

Through generations

Relatable reflections

Memories and moments

From one basketball enthusiast to another

I am excited for Dr. Ferry as he embarks on his next chapter. His years of service and devotion to the university has paved the way for even greater things to come. Thank you, Dr. Ferry for your tireless work in creating an environment where people like me had an opportunity to learn, play basketball and thrive.

Stay safe,   

Coach O (Omar Lowery, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Butler University)

Across an ocean

In Gen Z’s words

From Seth Day

Grant Karsten, Gabe Pruss, and I went running Saturday morning on the bluff. We wanted to congratulate President Ferry on his achievements and time at CUW. We ended up ringing his doorbell and P Ferry answered the door within a minute. He told us he was running to the entrance of campus and asked us if we wanted to join him.

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity so we just started running alongside him! He asked us about how our classes were going in the midst of COVID, told us about the plan for next semester, and let us know about his plan for retirement and getting the chance to be with his grandkids! After we parted ways at the football stadium, Gabe looked at his FitBit and realized we had ran 2.5 miles, but it had felt like nothing.


— Madelyne Arrigoni is a senior studying English, Mass Communications, and Photography. She plans to graduate in 2022.

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