The 2017 R.W. Freeman Distinguished Lecture: Roger W. Ferguson Jr.
Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA and former vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, will deliver the Freeman School’s 2017 R. W. Freeman Distinguished Lecture. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall on Tulane University’s uptown campus.
TIAA is the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization. Ferguson has served as president and CEO of the organization since 2008.
Prior to joining TIAA, Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee.
Ferguson served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve from October 1999 to April 2006. In that role, he represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.
From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
He is Chairman of The Conference Board and serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Group of Thirty.
Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.
Ferguson holds a BA, JD and a PhD in economics, all from Harvard University.