Dan Ferritor has lived in Fayetteville for most of his professional life since first joining the University of Arkansas faculty in 1967 as assistant professor. He returned to Washington University in St. Louis to conduct early childhood research. He returned to the UA in 1973 as associate professor of sociology and in 1980 became chairman of the sociology department. He was named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UA in 1985 and was selected as chancellor in 1986, where he led the university until he retired in 1997. He returned to the sociology department from 1998-2005 as a university professor, where he held the Jones Chair in Community from 2002-05.
As Chancellor, he led the UA during the renovation of Old Main, the oldest building on the Fayetteville campus, which collected more than $13 million in private and state funding and was rededicated to future students in 1991. While chancellor, the UA added 2 million square feet of classroom, laboratory and library space. It also raised the bar for annual fundraising from $3 million a year to $20 million. In 2000, he received the Chancellor’s Medal, and soon after UA officials dedicated the Daniel E. Ferritor Hall. In 2005, Ferritor became the UA System’s vice president for academic affairs before taking on a role in 2013 as vice president of learning technologies. In 2015, he returned to the Fayetteville campus to serve as interim chancellor while a search was conducted for the university’s sixth chancellor.
Ferritor has been active in the community for many years. His community service has included the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the United Way Board, a charter member of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority, the Harvey and Bernice Jones Charitable Trust, Northwest Arkansas Arkansas American Heart Association, the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation, the Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees, the Ozark Guidance Board of Trustees and he currently serves as the chair of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Advisory Board.
Ferritor was born at Kansas City, Mo. He married Patricia Jean Hoey of Kansas City, and they have three children and five grandchildren. Ferritor holds a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst College and master’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University.