Ward appointed Provost, EVP at McDaniel College

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) announced Friday that it has selected Roger J. Ward, Ed.D., JD, MSL, MPA, as provost and executive vice president after a nationwide search.

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA
provost, executive vice president and dean of the Graduate School at McDaniel College. (photo sent)

He will continue to hold the position of dean of the doctoral school.

Ward is an accomplished educator and administrator with an impressive and diverse array of leadership experiences. Ward co-chaired UMB’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Committee and leads implementation activities to ensure that all levels of the University pursue excellence in education, research and service and serve the public good in accordance with our mission, vision and core values. He currently serves on the steering committee of MPowering the State, which is responsible for nurturing and supporting the joint effort of UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park to promote innovation and impact through research, entrepreneurial activity and educational collaboration.

Ward led the UMB Graduate School’s growth strategy, including streamlining its organizational structure to make it agile and more responsive to the educational needs of changing student demographics and the higher education market. He provided the leadership and expertise to successfully develop and launch the Graduate School’s first three fully online academic programs, and the school continues to grow.

Ward joined UMB in March 2009 as Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. He served as Director of Studies and Acting Dean of the Graduate School during the 2011-2012 academic year. In June 2012, Ward was named UMB’s first Director of Accountability and was promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs in October 2013, and Vice President of Operations and Planning in June 2015. He held the position as Acting Director of Human Resources from October 2014 to November. 2015. Prior to joining UMB, Ward served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at The New School of New York and also held senior administrative positions in the City University of New York system.

Ward holds an associate’s degree in data processing/computer programming from Kingsborough Community College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in public administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He holds two law degrees: a Juris Doctorate from New York School of Law and a Master of Science in Law (Cybersecurity Law) from the Francis King Carey School of Law. Ward also holds a Doctor of Education (Honours) in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been teaching on-site, online and in a blended environment since 2004 and has taught graduate courses in ethics, history of higher education, leadership and organizational behavior, legal issues in higher education policy and politics of cybersecurity, among others.

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