Stephen Ward is the Executive Director of University Communications at UNC Charlotte. His career has included work as a journalist, Capitol Hill press secretary, private sector marketing communications executive, and higher education communications and marketing administrator. As the founding managing editor and anchor of the Michigan Public Radio Network, he helped build a nationally recognized news and programming service and contributed frequent reports to NPR himself. In Washington, he served on two congressional staffs. He was also vice president for marketing and communications with Huntington National Bank’s northwest region, based in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Before joining the University, he was a senior administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he and his team were twice honored for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing from CASE V.
He is an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University and has also held marketing and communications leadership posts at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, The University of the South Pacific, based in Fiji, and Georgia Southern University. He is a member of PRSA, CASE, and was a congressional fellow with The American Political Science Association.
Ward has an M.A. in Public Affairs Communications from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University.