Board of Trustees
R. Thomas Cook

R. Thomas Cook

Appointed Aug. 2, 1995 by Governor John Engler

Reappointed October 22, 2002 by Governor John Engler

Term Expiration Dec. 31, 2010

R. Thomas Cook of Fife Lake was reappointed through Dec. 31, 2010. He was originally selected to the Ferris Board of Trustees for an eight-year term on August 2, 1995 by Michigan Governor John Engler.

Cook, a 1967 graduate of Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy, is a past president of the Pharmacy Alumni Board and is a member of the FSU Presidents Club. He began his professional career practicing pharmacy in both retail and hospital settings.

Cook is president of R. Thomas Cook Consulting, Inc. Prior to this, Cook served as president of Patient Focus Systems (PFS), which delivers information solutions to the health care market through its focus on the logistical management of patients, beds and equipment in hospitals to maximize efficiency and productivity. Up to that time, Cook was president of PolyPharm, a start-up company providing medication management and information services.

In 1985, Cook was named president of 3PM, Inc., a division of McKesson Corporation, a leading wholesale drug distribution company. Prior to being named president, Cook served as executive vice president at 3PM and was responsible for the Pharmacy Division and the Medical Division, including billing and management services to physicians, clinics and medical laboratories. In 1990, McKesson added the AMBI Division of McKesson to Cook's responsibilities. AMBI supplies computer systems and services to durable medical equipment dealers.

From 1973 to 1983, Cook was part of senior management where he was responsible for all aspects of development, marketing, sales and operations of 3PM's Pharmacy Division. This included design and oversight of the development and implementation of the pharmacy computer systems, which encompassed prescription filling, inventory management and ordering. Between 1973 and 1983, total sales for 3PM's Pharmacy Division rose from approximately $120,000 to $26 million annually.

From 1968 to 1973, Cook served on the staff of the Michigan Pharmacists Association and operated the Michigan Pharmaceutical Service Corporation, a third-party claims processing company. His other business involvement has included partnerships in two computer leasing companies and a marine alarm business. In addition, Cook was an owner and served on the Board of Directors of Automated Tracking Systems, Inc., which managed the GMAC loan and lease portfolio for insurance coverage.

Cook has served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Health Data Corporation, the Northville Michigan High School Outcomes Based Education Task Force and the Northville Schools Business and Education Partnerships Program. He is actively involved with several professional organizations and is a former member of the PCS Health Systems Pharmacy Advisory Committee.

He has published numerous articles on a wide variety of pharmacy topics and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cook has pursued graduate studies at Wayne State University and is a licensed pharmacist in the State of Michigan.

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