Voorhees holds Opening Convocation with St. Augustine's interim president

August 19, 2014

Voorhees will officially welcome the Class of 2018 during Opening Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. This is event is free and open to the public.  

The speaker for this event is current interim president of Saint Augustine's University, Dr. Everett B. Ward. Ward is a respected public administrator, political leader and humanitarian with more than 30 years of national and state-wide 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.  

Ward continued his family's tradition by receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Augustine's University. 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 a doctoral degree 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.