Alderson Broaddus University welcomes new member to the Board of Trustees & Governors

PHILIPPI, W.Va.—July 1, 2020—Alderson Broaddus University, an independent institution of higher learning, is pleased to announce that Pastor Derrick R. Ward has been elected to AB’s Board of Trustees & Governors, effective July 1, 2020.

Alderson Broaddus President Dr. James “Tim” Barry commented, “The University draws on the expertise of our Board members to help us determine appropriate policies for effective governess and management, assure financial stability through fiscal policies and controls, and to provide encouragement and support to myself and our administration, faculty, staff, and students.”

President Barry added, “We are pleased to welcome Ward to our team. His insights and experiences will be a key driver in our continued success.”

In his current role as information services project manager for WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ward is a self-motivated and life-long learner who brings compassion and a positive attitude to the workplace, fostering collaboration among employees and stakeholders. Previously, Ward has held various positions with WakeMed, including policy analyst, environmental health and safety specialist, and rehab environment of care representative. Ward holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University of Herndon, Virginia.

Since 2012, Ward has served as the pastor of New Birth Community Fellowship Church in Raleigh, a position he says brings heartfelt joy to his life.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation. 

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

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