Kenneth R. McFerran '63
After graduating from Ozarks in 1963 with a business degree, Kenneth McFerran went on to proudly serve his home state of Arkansas and his country. He spent more than 30 years in law enforcement as a sheriff, state trooper and U.S. Marshal. He was also a U.S. Army veteran who served 39 years in the Arkansas National Guard. McFerran was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas, overseeing 16 employees, a district office and five sub-offices. His late wife, Bernice, to whom he was married for 62 years, also attend Ozarks. In 2017, he established the Kenneth R. and Bernice Douglas McFerran Scholarship Endowment in memory of his wife to provide scholarships for business majors with financial need. "I grew so much as a person in my years as a student at the college," McFerran said. "It gave me a lot of confidence, especially in public speaking. I went from being very quiet and unsure of myself in high school to student government president at Ozarks. I really believe that Ozarks brought out the best in me."