Full Name
Elaine Ward
Title
Special Assistant to the President for Civic and Community Engagement
Institution
Merrimack College
Speaker Bio
As a mediator and a change focused strategic thinker, I have played a key role as a member of the College’s senior management team during a College reform process and provided student-centered leadership for the Office of Student Services. I have significant experience working with diverse student populations as well as working within higher education both in the United States and in Europe. With a positive, asset-based approach to my work with both students and staff, I have developed and implemented programs related to student access and engagement, success and retention, and improving relationships between students and faculty. I have demonstrated success in working across all campus stakeholders, with external constituents, and am committed to bridging campus resources with student and community needs. My research interests include institutional leadership and change, faculty identity and development and institutionalization of campus-community engagement.