Biographical Sketch of Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
Dr. Everett B. Ward is a respected transformational leader with more than 30 years of national and statewide leadership experience. Dr. Ward was named the eleventh president of Saint Augustine’s University on April 10, 2015, by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Ward is the third alumnus to hold the post in the 148-year history of Saint Augustine’s University.
Dr. Ward was appointed by the Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees on April 23, 2014 as interim president. During his appointment, Ward put forth an aggressive agenda focused primarily on three key areas: (1) returning the institution to financial stability; (2) strengthening the faith of students, employees and alumni in the viability of the institution; and (3) engaging the community and corporate stakeholders for mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations. Transparency, shared governance and collaboration are the cornerstones of his administration.
Prior to his appointment as interim president, Dr. Ward 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). 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.
As a dedicated servant leader, Dr. Ward serves on several national, regional and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. He 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, 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.
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 (now University). From 2009-2011, Dr. Ward was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s University, his family’s beloved alma mater. A true Saint Augustine’s University Falcon through and through, Dr. Ward was born on the campus at St. Agnes Hospital. 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 (NCSU). In recognition of his academic and humanitarian achievements, Dr. Ward received the Steve Grissom Humanitarian Award from NCSU. Additionally, Dr. Ward served as a visiting lecturer in the Department of History. Dr. Ward was invited by the Taiwanese government to study the political, educational and cultural institutions of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
In 2013, Ward earned a Ph.D. from North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Education. As a result of his academic achievements, Dr. Ward 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.
Dr. Ward currently serves as vice chairman of the Association of Episcopal Colleges and Universities and recently accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors of Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C.
Dr. Ward is a lifelong member of Davie Street Presbyterian Church, USA where he is a Ruling Elder and member of the Presbyterian Men's Council. Dr. Ward is also a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.