On Feb. 12, 2010, The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Ferrier as the inaugural president of TAMU-SA. Ferrier previously served as interim president in June 2009.
Ferrier began working with the university as executive director when the institution was a system center of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Under her leadership, the system center accomplished many key objectives, including the approval of the master plan for the permanent campus, the passing of funding legislation, and the growth of academic programs and enrollment. The signing of Senate Bill 629 on May 27, 2009 established A&M-San Antonio as a stand-alone institution.
Prior to her career with A&M-San Antonio, Ferrier held a number of national education appointments. On March 11, 2002, President George W. Bush named Ferrier to direct the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students in the United States Department of Education. During her tenure at the Department of Education, she rose first to deputy undersecretary, then to assistant deputy secretary. Ferrier served as the principal advisor to the secretary of education on all matters pertaining to students of limited English proficiency and Hispanics in general. In addition to developing policy and guidance for the field, she oversaw a staff of 50 professionals and a budget of approximately $679 million.
As a spokesperson for the secretary and the department, Ferrier gave hundreds of speeches, media interviews, and presented awards to deserving schools and school districts across the country. She previously directed Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, appointed by Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, and was named to the Commission on National and Community Service by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
Ferrier earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University. Ferrier currently serves on the board of directors for a variety of organizations, including the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, the San Antonio Humane Society, the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Crypto-Jewish Center, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind Leadership Advisory Council, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, the Plaza Club San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio, KLRN-TV Public Television, and Southwest General Hospital. She is a member of the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and serves on the HACU Hispanic-Serving School Districts/Hispanic-Serving Institutions Advisory Council.
"San Antonio has changed since the days I walked the halls of my elementary school, but what hasn't changed is my drive and determination and passion for education," Dr. Ferrier said. "We will continue working to make sure that our university will be a premier institution of higher learning, both accessible and inclusive, with a top-rate faculty and well-rounded, dedicated graduates who excel in their chosen field of study."