Emeriti Board Bio

Jerry Slywka

Gerald [Jerry] Slywka has been on the EA Board for 9 years. Presently, he is the Secretary. Jerry spent the last 10 years in retirement, after teaching for 28 years in the College of Pharmacy. He was educated in Canada, where he earned his B.S.P, M.Sc. and PH.D. in Pharmacy. He worked in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Crime Laboratory as a toxicologist for 3 years. In 1972, the family moved to Memphis, TN , where he taught in the College of Pharmacy. The Slywka’s moved to Ferris State in 1975. His wife Cecile was an Associate Professor in Allied Health. She taught in the nursing program. Their children, Shawn and Brad received their medical degrees from the University of Michigan. Jodi and Jeff are pharmacy graduates from Ferris. Through marriage, they welcomed two other Ferris Graduates. Amy is a pharmacist and Bart received his degrees from the College of Business. They enjoy spending time “children- sitting” with their eight grandchildren. Jerry is also involved with the Rotary Club of Big Rapids, Knights of Columbus and the Emeriti Association.