Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA

Roger Ward, EdD, JD, MPARoger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA
Interim Provost, Executive Vice President, and Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Ward rose to interim provost, executive vice president, and dean of the Graduate School in January 2020 when Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, became interim president at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). It was the latest in several upward moves by Dr. Ward at UMB.

He was promoted to senior vice president for operations and institutional effectiveness in January 2018. In that role , he served as UMB’s chief operating officer, directing 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 oversaw areas that promote University compliance and transparency, including the offices of research integrity, conflict of interest, human research protections, and education and equal access. On the academic side, Dr. Ward is dean of the Graduate School after serving as vice dean, where he had 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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, 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 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 holds two law degrees: a Doctor of Law degree from New York Law School, and a Master of Science in Law (cybersecurity law) from the Francis King Carey School of Law at UMB. Dr. Ward also holds a Doctor of Education degree (with distinction) in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. 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, legal issues in higher education policy, and cybersecurity policy, among others.