Mark Ward, former associate provost and professor of business, is the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Dubuque. Mark and his wife, Dr. Annalee Ward, former chair of the communication arts department, served the College for over 25 years.
Mark and Annalee were living in Oak Park, Illinois, before coming to Trinity, Mark was employed in the business sector and Annalee working in Chicago and teaching evening classes at DePaul. Hearing of an opening for a business professor at Trinity, Mark applied and joined the faculty in 1984.
He began as instructor of business, teaching ethics, management, and economics. Becoming deeply immersed in the academic community, Mark began developing the First Year Experience for new students around 2000 and became director of First Year Forum. In 2004, he accepted a new role as associate provost.
Mark’s contributions to the College have endured as has Trinity’s impact on him. He said that although he received his education from the three institutions he attended, a greater education came from Trinity. “It’s where I learned how to think Christianly; it was a very forming experience.”
That experience extended to the Ward’s family, as well. The Ward’s children grew up on Trinity’s campus and daughter Emily graduated from the College in 2009. Ward said he is “very touched” by the honor, noting that although he is not involved on a day-to-day basis with the College, Trinity was—and still is—a part of his family’s identity “in a way no other place can be.”
Mark said he misses the community at Trinity. “An ethos of Trinity is that people know how to be Christ to each other. There are a lot of caring people in the world, but those at Trinity know how to do it well,” he said. “Trinity really does provide a holistic education to students in a way that most institutions can’t.”