Dr. Roger J. Ward

Since August 2013, Dr. Roger Ward has the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Vice Dean of the Graduate School.  In addition, he was named the University's first Chief Accountability Officer in June 2012, and is the University's Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Midde States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Ward joined the University of Maryland in March of 2009 and as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  In that role he supported the former Vice President for Academic Affairs in her role as chief academic affairs officer.  Dr. Ward also serves as the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as the chief student affairs officer for the university overseeing an administrative portfolio that includes the following units: Financial Assistance and Education; International Services; the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center; Student Counseling Center; University Housing; University Recreation and Fitness; University Registrar; Student Development and Leadership; Campus Life Contract and Business Services; and the Wellness and Academic Life Balance Program.  Prior the Joining UM, Dr. 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.

Dr. Ward holds an associates 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 juris doctor degree from New York Law School, and a doctor of education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania where his research on the role of faculty in helping colleges and universities support students with mental health problems earned him distinction.  To further stimulate his intellectual curiosity and to nurture his appreciation for teaching and learning, Dr. Ward serves on the faculty at a number of institutions.  As an adjunct faculty member at the New School, Dr. Ward developed and teaches an undergraduate course titled From Alien to American: U.S. Immigration Law, Process, and Policies Understood.  He recently authored and taught an online course titled In Pursuit of Equality: A Comparative Analysis of the Civil Rights Experience of Blacks in the United States and South Africa. Dr. Ward also teaches MBA and MPA courses in law, ethics, politics, leadership and organizational behavior, conflict management, strategic management, and labor relations. 

Dr. Ward is director of the Baltimore Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program as well as a member of its advisory board.  He also sits on the board of the Baltimore Collegetown Network, and is a member of the Senior Advisory Group for Engagement of the Maryland Campus Compact.  Dr. Ward is also active in his community.  For eight years (2001-2009) he served as a certified volunteer member of the police department civilian Domestic Violence Response Team in Orange, New Jersey.  The team offers emergency support and provides victims of domestic violence with essential information and referrals regarding legal resources, counseling programs, financial resources, and other support services available in the county.   He is a volunteer attorney in the Safe Passage Immigration Project.  The Safe Passage Immigration Project is a division of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School that works with volunteer attorneys and New York Law School students to advocate for and represent unaccompanied minors in the immigration process.

Dr. Ward immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago in 1990 and currently lives in Catonsville, Maryland with wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Imani and Destini.  Dr. Ward practices the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu form of karate to keep in shape.