Dr. James W. Ward, serves as Provost of Texas Southern University and a Tenured Professor in the School of Communication. Dr. Ward taught at Texas Tech University, Highland Park College, and the University of Texas at Austin before returning to Texas Southern University, his alma mater. Along with leading one of the largest schools in the university, Dr. Ward has also served as chair of numerous committees on campus. Dr. Ward has over 30 years of teaching experience. Dr. Ward is a native of Homer Louisiana.
Dr. Ward became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at Texas Southern University. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree, Dr. Ward studied Organization Communication and Small Group Behavior at Texas Tech University. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Arts degree. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociolinguistics, Rhetoric, Public Address, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
He is a published author and has written various research journals. His most notable book is African American Communications: an Anthology of Traditional and Contemporary Studies on Business and Professional Communication. As a professor, Dean, and Provost, Dr. Ward has embraced the concept of “first of all, servants of all.” He greets students by their first names, takes an active interest in their lives, and maintains an open door policy for them to voice their concerns. He is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi alpha Fraternity, Inc. His leisurely activities include reading, walking and gardening.