Roger Ferguson, Jr. to Deliver Tuck Investiture Address

Roger Ferguson, Jr., who served for 13 years as President and CEO of TIAA before retiring this spring, will deliver the main address at the 2021 Tuck Investiture ceremony June 11.

Roger Ferguson, Jr., former President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, will deliver this year’s Tuck Investiture address at Memorial Field on Friday, June 11.

Ferguson joins Tuck during an insightful and reflective time in his career. Just this spring he retired from TIAA, having led the Fortune 100 financial-services organization for 13 years.

As former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, 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, Ferguson 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. It was during Ferguson’s tenure at the Fed that Tuck Dean Matthew J. Slaughter had the pleasure of working with him.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, Ferguson was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University, and he first began his career as an attorney.

Ferguson serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc., General Mills, Inc., and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. Ferguson also serves on the boards of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Life Insurers, and the Conference Board.

Ferguson and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population. Ferguson is currently the Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Group of Thirty, and the National Association for Business Economics.

Ferguson will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College during its Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

“Investiture is always a special time at Tuck, but our 2021 ceremony will be a milestone and celebration unlike any other,” Dean Slaughter wrote on Monday in a message to the Tuck community. “More than ever before, our beloved tradition of an in-person Investiture with close kith and kin present carries the weight of a hard-fought victory. It is a well-deserved honor for a class that has been through an unprecedented and historic pandemic together.”

The 2021 Tuck Investiture ceremony will take place on Friday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine, on Memorial Field. Each graduate will be allowed to attend the in-person ceremony with two ticketed guests. Children age five and under will not require a ticket. Tickets will be distributed to T’21s on May 24. A livestream of the event will be available to other community members, friends, and family who would like to tune into the ceremony. Visit the Tuck Investiture site and stay tuned for additional details.