John D. Ferguson

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John D. Ferguson
🏡 ResidenceBelle Meade, Tennessee, US
🎓 Alma materMississippi State University
💼 Occupation
Chairman of Corrections Corporation of America
👩 Spouse(s)Carole S. Ferguson

John D. Ferguson is an American businessman. He is the chairman of Corrections Corporation of America.

Early life[edit]

John D. Ferguson graduated from Mississippi State University, where received a bachelor's degree in accounting.[1][2][3]


Ferguson founded Econocom, a company which leased and sold computers, in 1971.[1][3] Three years later, in 1973, he co-founded a bank, Community Bancshares.[1][2] He served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1982 1993, and as its Chairman from 1990 to 1995.[1][2][3]

He was the CEO of Corrections Corporation from 2000 to 2009, when he was replaced by Damon T. Hininger.[1] He has been its chairman since 2010.[1]

Political activity[edit]

In 2015, Ferguson donated US$1,500 in political contributions to Megan Barry's successful campaign to become the new Mayor of Nashville.[4]


Ferguson served on the board of directors of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.[5] He serves on the board of the Nashville Public Education Foundation.[6] With his wife, he has made charitable contributions to the PENCIL Foundation.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ferguson is married to Carole S. Ferguson.[8] They reside on Lynnwood Boulevard in Belle Meade, Tennessee.[8][9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Corrections Corporation of America: Board of Directors Archived 2015-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Company Overview of CCA International, LLC: John D. Ferguson, Bloomberg Business
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Corrections Corp. of America: John D. Ferguson, MarketWatch
  4. Harrison, Scott (September 8, 2015). "Barry vs. Fox: Who the biggest business names have their money behind for mayor". Nashville Business Journal. Nashville, Tennessee. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  5. Tennessee Performing Arts Centers: Past Directors
  6. Nashville Public Education Foundation: Board of Directors Archived 2015-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. PENCIL Foundation: Donors Archived 2015-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  8. 8.0 8.1 E. Thomas Wood, Headline homes: Nashville's top sales, February 2010 Archived 2015-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Nashville Post, March 14, 2010
  9. Headline homes: Nashville's top sales, December 2008, Nashville City Paper, January 8, 2009

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