Wanda E. Ward

Wanda E. Ward

Dr. Wanda E. Ward is Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations, Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she serves as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ward served in various leadership positions throughout her 26 years at the National Science Foundation, including: Senior Advisor to the Director; Head of the Office of International and Integrative Activities; Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources. In addition, she served as Assistant Director for Broadening Participation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House Executive Office of the President (2015-2017).

Ward earned the BA in psychology and the Afro-American Studies Certificate from Princeton University and the PhD in psychology from Stanford University. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship; the American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation; the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Richard T. Louttit Award; and the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.