Ferrentino has more than 25 years of community college experience. He previously served Muskegon Community College for 13 years, where he was Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2009 and Dean of Occupational Programs from 1996 to 2003. Ferrentino also has worked as an adjunct instructor, program director and instructor and director of marketing services at Lansing Community College, has practiced law and was employed at Ford Motor Company.
Ferrentino earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University, and a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
He has also completed advanced management training through the Academic Leadership Program at Cornell University and The League for Innovation in Community Colleges’ Executive Leadership Institute training for aspiring presidents. Ferrentino has participated in several community leadership development training programs, and he was a teacher in the Japan Adventure program in Otsu, Japan. He also is a graduate of Leadership Montcalm.
Ferrentino serves on the Michigan Education Trust Board of Directors and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Communications and Marketing. He is a member of the Greenville Rotary Club, the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG), the Montcalm Human Services Coalition, the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, the Mid-Michigan Health Plan Advisory Board, Central Area Michigan Works! Consortium Workforce Investment Board, the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and the Healthy Montcalm Advisory Committee. He has served as a coach with numerous youth sports organizations. In addition, he is a past president of the Michigan Occupational Deans Administrative Council and of the Montague Whitehall Rotary Club, a former chairman of the Volunteer Muskegon Board of Directors, and a former member of the Michigan Liberal Arts Deans Association, the Michigan Community College Chief Academic Officers Association and the National Council for Workforce Education.
He resides in Greenville and has two children, Joe and Katie.