John Ferguson Appointed Associate Dean at Pratt

DURHAM, N.C. - John F. Ferguson, a financial management professional and Duke University alumnus, has been appointed associate dean for finance and administration at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering.

The appointment, which became effective Jan. 1, was announced Friday by Pratt Dean Kristina Johnson. Ferguson succeeds William Staedeli, who took a post at the Duke Management Co. in November.

"John Ferguson brings 10 years of demonstrated financial planning, analysis and budgeting experience to Pratt at a time when the school is embarking on an ambitious expansion of our teaching and research capabilities and the infrastructure to support them," Johnson said. "He also is a champion of change and his strengths match our vision of growth for the next decade."

The Pratt School unveiled a comprehensive 10-year plan last year that focuses on preparing its students for technological leadership in an increasingly global society, targets state-of-the-art research in pivotal disciplines and calls for construction of a 322,000-square-foot Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Ferguson received a bachelor of science degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army and Reserve for six years, he earned an MBA in 1992 from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

He was president and chief operating officer of Mediacentrix in Los Angeles in 2000 and 2001 and previously worked as senior consultant, manager and then senior manager for KPMG, a leading professional services firm, in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2000. He was a senior analyst for Twentieth Century Fox in 1994-1995 and an analyst for Paramount Pictures in 1993.