McPherson, Kansas - Dr. David Ferrell has been named the Executive Director of the Central Christian of College Foundation. In 2016, the Central Christian College of Kansas Board of Trustees initially established The Foundation of Central Christian College of Kansas, as it is formally known. Since that time, the Board of Director’s have been working with the College to formalize the scope, role, and function of the Foundation. A major step was the naming of an Executive Director, a role for which David Ferrell is well suited.
David has been a member of the CCCK team for over 35 years. During that time he has served as a professor, Dean of Admissions, and Vice President for Finance and Operations. Currently, he is serving as the Chair of the Business Department and Faculty Athletic Representative. In the 1990’s Ferrell was instrumental in launching the four-year business degree program, while the College was still operating as a junior college. Most recently, he spearheaded the launch of the Risk Management Degree Program in partnership with Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance, and in 2017, Ferrell was honored as Teacher of the Year.
These experiences have shaped Ferrell into a powerful administrator, with a keen attention to detail. When asked about the choice, current CCCK President Lenny Favara stated, “Who else has the depth of experience, institutional memory, professional tenacity, and impeccable integrity needed for this job? David is an excellent choice and I look forward to working with him.”
Ferrell first became familiar with CCCK, when his parents moved to the McPherson area in 1956 to work at Central College, as it was then known. Later, he earned his Associate of Arts from Central College before completing his undergraduate work at Greenville College. It was after completing his undergraduate work at Greenville that he became wed to Linda (daughter of Rev. Tom and Bettie Griffith), also an alum of Central College. After completing an MBA from Southern Illinois University, David and Linda returned to McPherson, where they raised their four children (all attending Central College) and where Linda became a well-respected educator serving for 32 years in the McPherson School District, before retiring in spring of 2018. While working at Central College, David went on to complete a doctorate in education, specializing in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.
At this time, Ferrell will continue his role as an instructor at Central Christian College of Kansas, while gradually assuming the role of Executive Director. “I really love the classroom and I love my students”, says Ferrell, a testament to the heart of the man. The Foundation Board hopes to facilitate a full transition over the next year, as the Foundation assumes greater and greater responsibility for the assets of the College, which will include oversight of the business ventures owned and operated by the college such as Heartbeat Coffee, Kids Kampus, and Two Tigers and a Truck.
Both Dave and Linda look forward to this transition and the new opportunities that exist to support the work of Central Christian College of Kansas. Donations in support of the mission of Central Christian College of Kansas are encouraged to The Foundation of Central Christian College.
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About Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, body, and soul. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a small, private college that offers over forty areas of study, as well as online courses for non-traditional students.