Campus News

Bowdoin Names Ward Athletic Director

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Jeffrey H. Ward of Rumford, R.I., has been named Ashmead White Director of Athletics at Bowdoin College, effective July 1. Ward's appointment, the result of a six-month national search, was announced today by Dean of Student Affairs Craig W. Bradley.

Ward is assistant athletic director at Brown University and has more than two decades of experience as a coach and administrator. At Bowdoin, he will oversee a program of 29 intercollegiate varsity sports and five club sports that involve 44 percent of Bowdoin's 1,550 students.

"Jeff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Bowdoin," said Dean of Student Affairs Craig W. Bradley. "He is a thoughtful and articulate leader who understands well the educational value of athletics in a highly competitive liberal arts college. We look forward to having Jeff in Brunswick and building on the fine athletic tradition at Bowdoin."

Ward succeeds Sidney J. Watson, athletic director since 1983 and a member of the Bowdoin athletic department staff since 1958.

"We had an impressive pool of candidates for this position, and Jeff Ward was the consensus choice to lead Bowdoin athletics following Sid Watson's retirement," Bradley said.

Ward has been at Brown since 1990. Previously, he served at Columbia University as assistant to the director for eligibility and recruiting (1986-1990) and assistant to the director for athletic fund-raising (1986-1987). He also served at the U.S. Military Academy in several capacities, including overseeing personnel for the West Point athletic department.

As a coach, Ward was responsible for the rapid growth and success of the Columbia University women's swim team. He was named the first-ever coach of the program in 1982, leading the team to regular national rankings by the time he left for Brown in 1990. He also is the former assistant head coach of the U.S. Military Academy men's swim team (1978-1982).

"I've been preparing to be an athletic director at a school committed to academic excellence my entire professional career. To have that opportunity at Bowdoin is thrilling," said Ward. "President [Robert] Edwards and Dean Bradley have made it clear that the Athletic Department's purpose is to use the pursuit of victory as an educational tool. Leading Bowdoin's broad-based program toward that end will be both challenging and rewarding."

At Bowdoin, Ward will oversee an NCAA Division III program of 29 intercollegiate varsity and five club teams. In addition to overseeing day-to-day responsibilities of the athletic department, Ward will manage departmental budgets, supervise the College's athletic facilities and continue to integrate athletics into Bowdoin's educational mission. A native of Albany, Ore., Ward earned a bachelor's degree in American studies at Dartmouth College where he lettered in varsity swimming. He earned a master's degree in higher education administration at Columbia University and earned certifications from the Army Institute on Administration and the Management Institute in Systems Analysis from Columbia.

Ward and his wife, Margaret Broaddus, have two children.

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