Roger J. Ward was promoted to senior vice president for operations and institutional effectiveness at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) on Jan. 5, 2018. In this role, Ward directs a portfolio of departments and initiatives that promote institutional effectiveness and assure accountability, including human resources, strategic planning, enterprise risk management, and institutional accreditation.
In addition, he oversees areas that promote University compliance and transparency, including the offices of research integrity, conflict of interest, human research protections, and education and equal access, and he serves as the vice dean of the Graduate School.
Ward also has a leadership role on the steering committee of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State, UMB’s structured collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park, and he serves as UMB’s Middle States accreditation liaison officer.
As vice dean of the Graduate School, Ward has responsibility for building an array of graduate programs that are self-sustaining and responsive to evolving needs of the health and human services workforce in the state.
Ward joined UMB in March 2009 as the associate vice president for academic and student affairs. He served as chief academic officer and interim dean of the Graduate School during the 2011-2012 academic year. In June 2012, Ward was named UMB’s first chief accountability officer and was promoted to vice president for academic affairs in October 2013 and to vice president of operations and planning in June 2015. He served as interim chief human resources officer from October 2014 to November 2015.
Before joining UMB, Ward served as assistant vice president for student affairs at the New School in New York City 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 government and a master’s in public administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds a doctor of law degree from New York Law School, and a doctor of education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ward has been teaching on-site, online, and in a blended environment since 2004 and has taught graduate courses in ethics, the history of higher education, leadership and organizational behavior, and legal issues in higher education policy, among others.