Stephen Luther Ferguson


Stephen Luther Ferguson



Stephen Luther Ferguson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ferguson grew up the Southern Indiana counties of Monroe and Lawrence, and graduated from University High School in Bloomington (1959). He then attended Wabash College, where he received his A.B. degree in Political Science in 1963. After graduation, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, ultimately receiving his J.D. in 1966.

After law school, Ferguson joined his brother (James H. Ferguson, JD '53) in practice in Bloomington and was soon elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, serving four terms (1967-1974). The Ferguson brother's law firm prospered and grew throughout the 70s and 80s. In 1990 Ferguson left the firm to accept an offer from a longtime friend, Bill Cook, to join Cook’s medical device manufacturing company as Chief Operating Officer. Over the next thirty years, Ferguson would hold many titles within the Cook Group organization as it grew to be a global, family-owned group of businesses spanning medical devices, life sciences, services, property management, and resorts. Cook currently holds the title, Chairman of the Board. As President of CFC, Inc., Cook’s real estate arm, Ferguson was actively involved in the preservation and rebirth of downtown Bloomington and the restoration of historic French Lick, Indiana.

In addition to his work with Cook, Ferguson is active in a number of Indiana University, community, state and national organizations and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., Indiana Technology Partnership, 21st Century Research Fund, Medical Technology Leadership Forum, Regenstrief Foundation, Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, Center for Human Growth, and Bloomington Parks and Recreation Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served on the Indiana Education Roundtable, is a former member and past Chairman of the State of Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 1992-98, was appointed by Governor O'Bannon in 1998 to the Board of Trustees, Indiana University and reappointed by Governor Joe Kernan in 2004.

Stephen L. Ferguson has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash, by multiple Indiana governors, and was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2011. In 2018 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Indiana University.


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