Alumnus, Benefactor Makki Joins The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors

Adel MakkiA 2005 graduate of Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy is among three recent appointees to The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors.

Adel Makki, the director of Pharmacy Operations at Pharmascript, a Farmington Hills-based long-term pharmacy, was approved as a director by the university’s Board of Trustees at its Friday, Oct. 5 meeting in Grand Rapids. Makki, a Dearborn Heights resident, also has pharmacies in Shelby Township and Jackson and is a franchisee of The Roasting Plant coffeehouse chain. The executive director of The Ferris Foundation, Carla Miller, welcomes Makki’s energy and passion for the College of Pharmacy and the university’s broader mission.

“Adel is a champion for Ferris and its students, and we are grateful he has agreed to serve with the board of directors,” Miller said. “His commitment and creativity are more than equaled by his generosity with his time and resources.”

Makki established a $100,000 scholarship for College of Pharmacy students, in 2015, and followed it a year later with the $1.2 million Adel A. Makki Student Annual Opportunity Scholarship Endowment, which was designed to provide scholarships at the College of Pharmacy from 2017-23. Those awards are prioritized to Wayne County residents and students from the surrounding Detroit Metropolitan area. Makki said adding his service as a member of The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors was an unexpected and satisfying development.

“I remember when President Eisler came to visit me because it was such an honor,” Makki said. “I told him during my time as a Ferris Pharmacy student; I had never imagined that this kind of opportunity with the Foundation Board would come my way. Giving to Ferris is a great chance to help others benefit from my work and successes. So, I do it willingly because of all that the university has given me.”

Makki is also a member of the College of Pharmacy alumni advisory board, which he adds is “another honor and privilege.”

College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Durst said Makki’s support as a philanthropist and involved contributor are important aspects of the college’s pursuits in programmatic excellence.

“I cannot say enough good things about Adel, his vision, manifested through his generosity is really humbling,” Durst said. “Relating his experiences as a child of Lebanese immigrants and learning here at Ferris will help other students to benefit from his initiative and knowledge. He is an extraordinary person and reflects the most admirable traits of our college and its graduates.”

Makki joins Terry Stewart, of Saugatuck, Michigan and Fountain Hills, Arizona, a returning member of The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors, and John Fenn, of Shelby Township, Michigan, as recently-approved board appointees.


PHOTO CAPTION: Adel Makki, a 2005 graduate of Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors. Makki established a scholarship for College of Pharmacy students, in 2015, and created a $1.2 million endowment to create further opportunities for students in that college.