A native of Marquette, Tom Cook received his undergraduate degree from Northern University in 1956. After two years of teaching, coaching and as a principal he received his Master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1958. He was then named as the youngest Superintendent of Schools at Crystal, MI., succeeding Robert Ewigleben.
Cook was a faculty member and administrator at Michigan State, Northern Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, during which time he received his PhD from Michigan State in 1964. In 1971 he was named Dean of the School of Education at Ferris State University. He oversaw the expansion of the Trade Technical Teacher Education program, the development of the Television Production curriculum, the establishment of the campus Cable television system.
Cook also had administrative responsibility for the intercollegiate athletic program. His involvement with the creation of the Division I ice hockey program included leading the presentation for FSU membership in the CCHA. He also served as the Ferris institutional representative to the ccha and ncaa for a number of years.
Following four years as Dean of Lifelong Learning and providing the rationale for the new conference center Cook retired in 1993.
Cook's wife Judith and their three daughters are all Ferris graduates, all have their Master’s degree and all are teachers.
The Cook's continue to live in Big Rapids.