- This page details Mitchell Ferris in the primary universe; for the Mitchell Ferris in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's temporal incursion see Mitchell Ferris (alternate reality).
By the 2250s decade, Ferris held the title of assistant commissioner of the Federation, during the time of the Four Years War. Ferris's retrospective, On the Brink of Disaster, contained a passage criticizing the Federation Council for failing to use Starfleet protection as an incentive to promote the Federation way of life along borders with hostile powers. He cited the relative indifference of the Council of that early era for the divisiveness that threatened to dissolve the Federation with internal conflict. (FASA RPG module: The Four Years War)
In the 2260s, Ferris was a full galactic high commissioner. In this role, he oversaw the obligation of the Federation for valuable assistance to frontier worlds. To this end, Ferris boarded the starship USS Enterprise in the year 2267 to supervise the transport of vaccine bound for Makus III. Since the Enterprise was early for a rendezvous, there was time for Captain James T. Kirk to launch a scouting shuttlecraft to probe the edge of the quasar-like Murasaki 312 effect, en route. Ferris formally protested and challenged the authority of Kirk when the shuttle and several crewpeople were lost. Kirk kept his promise to Ferris and kept the schedule. (TOS episode & Star Trek 10 novelization: The Galileo Seven)