Everett Ward of Raleigh, North Carolina is the Interim President at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC and a respected public administrator, political leader, and humanitarian with more than 30 years of national and statewide experiences.
Dr. Ward previously served as the Director of the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU)/Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) prior to taking the Interim President role at Saint Augustine’s University on April 24, 2014. In this role, Dr. Ward worked with university chancellors and presidents, faculty and staff in the areas of transportation curriculum development, research initiatives, and student development. Dr. Ward served on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) HBCU/MIHE Workgroup. This workgroup is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships between FHWA and HBCU/MIHE universities.
Prior to his role as the Director of Historically Black Colleges and University/Minority Institutions Higher Education Program, Dr. Ward served as the NCDOT’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary for Environment, Planning and Local Government. In both roles, he worked with local elected officials and assisted with the implementation of the department’s Rural Planning Organizations (RPO) Program. In recognition of his service to the department’s diversity efforts Dr. Ward received the NCDOT Extra Mile Award.
As a dedicated servant leader, Dr. Ward serves on several national, regional and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. Dr. Ward is a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he serves as Vice Chairman of the DNC Black Caucus. He is also former Co-chairman of the Credentials Committee and a former member of the DNC Rules and By-Laws Committee. In 1983, Dr. Ward was named Special Assistant to the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party and subsequently was named Political Director. As a result of his political achievements, Dr. Ward made history in 1989 as the first African-American Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. In addition, Dr. Ward has served on and chaired two university advisory boards. In recognition of his commitment to higher education, he was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s College. From 2009-2011, Dr. Ward was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s, his family’s beloved alma mater.
Dr. Ward continued his family’s tradition by receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Augustine’s College. He also earned a Master of Arts Degree from North Carolina State University. While a student at North Carolina State University, Dr. Ward was invited by the Taiwanese government to study the political, educational and cultural institutions of the Republic of China (Taiwan). In recognition of his academic and humanitarian achievements, Dr. Ward received the Steve Grissom Humanitarian Award from North Carolina State University. Dr. Ward maintains his connection with NCSU by serving as a Visiting Lecturer in the History Department.
In 2013, Everett earned the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Education. As a result of his academic achievements, Everett was a North Carolina A&T State University Wardham Scholar and a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He was a contributing writer to publication, Lead the Way: Principles and Practices in Community and Civic Engagement. His research focus includes African American elected leadership, African American history, civic engagement, and leadership development.