Dr. Robert Ewigleben
President Emeritus, 1971-84
A widely-recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Ewigleben amassed an impressive record of achievement during his tenure as university president and was instrumental in the development of the school's athletics program. During his 13 years as FSU's chief administrative officer, Dr. Ewigleben helped establish the sport of men's ice hockey at Ferris State and coordinated its progression to the NCAA Division I level. In his presidency, Ferris State made more than 40 curriculum changes, established the state's only Michigan College of Optometry and the six million dollar Manufacturing Resource and Production Center. The university's Ewigleben Sports Complex, the Ewigleben Ice Arena, and the Ewigleben Sports Arena (volleyball facility) are all named in his honor. Under Dr. Ewigleben's guidance, the university also moved from NAIA affiliation to NCAA and an athletic scholarship program was also created. He played an integral role in the formation of the Professional Golf Management (PGM) program along with the development of the university's Katke Golf Course, which presently is the home course for the Bulldog men's and women's varsity golf programs. Dr. Ewigleben also directed the formation of the Professional Tennis Managment program and was a key factor in the university's acquistion of the FSU Tennis and Racquet Facility from a private entity. He also was active in the formation of the GLIAC in the early 1970's and was the driving force behind the launch of a comprehensive women's intercollegiate athletics program at the university. Ewigleben and his wife, Jayne, who reside in Albion, Mich. and Elizabethtown, Ky., have five children.