Hometown:

Baltimore, MD

 

Education:

Like his wife and two children, Dr. Ward is a JMU graduate, having received a Master of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology in 2011.  However, Dr. Ward, who was a first-generation college student, previously received a B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University in 1979, a Master of Education in 1983, also from Salisbury, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University in 1992.

 

Professional Experience:

Dr. Ward has worked in higher education in various capacities since 1979.  In addition to his current role in the University Health Center, his time in student affairs includes oversight of recreation, student activities, orientation, service-learning, and leadership development.  He has also directed academic advising, career development and first year experience programs.  His first role at the collegiate level was as a baseball coach, first at Salisbury and later at York College in Pennsylvania, which followed two years as a professional scout with the Milwaukee Brewers.  In addition to his administrative duties at JMU, Dr. Ward is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrated Science where he teaches courses in complex systems; previously he taught in the Adult and Human Resources Development and College Student Personnel programs at JMU.

 

Thoughts about College Health:

“My career has been about creating the conditions in which students can learn, thrive and succeed, and the programs and services of the University Health Center are a crucial aspect of that goal.  Health is the foundation on which success in life is built, and I’m honored to have role in that process.”

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