Growing community with Grace

Meet Grace Ferguson: a mother, wife and community catalyst.

On a gloomy, January afternoon in the president’s office at Ball State University, first lady Grace Ferguson sat glancing at a table covered in framed family photos of herself, her husband, Ball State President Paul Ferguson, and their three children. She reminisced on the winter of 1957 when a blizzard blew outside the windows of her father’s ’57 Chevrolet as the family drove away from their home in Alberta, Canada, to southern California to start a new life.

After Mrs. Ferguson became a naturalized American citizen at 18 years old, she attended Whittier College in California, where she fell in love and became engaged to Dr. Ferguson. She was like many of her fellow students: she loved to sing, take photographs and play the piano. Because Mrs. Ferguson had a passion for photography and a strong interest in human nature, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Ten years later, they decided to start a family.

As she began her new life, little did she know she would be moving multiple times and eventually accompany her husband to two universities as the first lady — The University of Maine, and now, Ball State.

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