Interim President's Bio

Dr. Ward

Everett Ward of Raleigh, North Carolina is a respected public administrator, political leader, and humanitarian with more than 30 years of national and statewide experiences.

Professionally, Ward served as 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, Ward worked with university chancellors and presidents, faculty and staff in the areas of transportation curriculum development, research initiatives and student development. 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 his role with the HBCU/MIHE program, Everett 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, Ward received the NCDOT Extra Mile Award.

As a dedicated servant leader, he serves on several national, regional and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. Ward is a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he serves as co-chairman of the Credentials Committee, vice chairman of the DNC Black Caucus and former DNC Rules and By-Laws Committee member. In 1983, he 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, Ward made history in 1989 as the first African-American executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. In addition, 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, Everett was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s College, his family’s beloved alma mater.

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). While a student at NCSU, he 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, Ward received the Steve Grissom Humanitarian Award from NCSU. He maintains his connection with NCSU by serving as a visiting lecturer in the Department of History.

In 2013, Ward 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, he 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.

Ward is a lifelong member of Davie Street Presbyterian Church, USA where he serves as a Ruling Elder. In addition to his church activities, he holds membership and leadership positions in such organizations as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; 100 Black Men, Inc. and North Carolina State Capital Foundation.

For 29 years, Dr. Ward was married to his college sweetheart the late Cassandra Lloyd Ward a Wake County Public School educator and civic leader. On September 15, 2011, Cassandra lost her courageous battle with breast cancer. However, her legacy of community service and grace will live on through her countless students and the vast number of college women she mentored.