Gary L. Ward was named interim vice chancellor for student affairs May 8, 2017. He is also vice chancellor for operations and the chief operating officer at the University of Missouri.
In his role as interim vice chancellor for student affairs, Ward oversees the Dean of Students (Residential Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Accountability & Support, Student Engagement and the Missouri Student Unions); Campus Dining Services, University Club and Catering; Counseling Center and Wellness Resource Center; Disability Center; and University Stores. He leads with an emphasis on stewardship, affordability and accountability to Mizzou students and their families.
As vice chancellor for operations, Ward directs university planning and facilities operations, including Campus Facilities, MU Police, Auxiliary and Service Operations, KOMU-TV and Environmental Health & Safety.
Previously, Ward served as associate vice chancellor-facilities and oversaw the completion of more than $500 million in construction projects at MU, the addition of 2.2 million gross square feet to campus, and the establishment of the MU Sustainability Office in 2009.
In 2009, Ward established the Mizzou Stewardship Model, completely renovating buildings to eliminate deferred maintenance, meet current ADA and safety codes and address academic needs. To date, three building renovations using the stewardship model have added 280 classroom seats, 48 faculty offices, multiple study areas and 4,000 gross square feet of research space while saving $100,000 in annual maintenance and energy costs. Thirty-three additional buildings require complete renovations.
Ward began his career as an architectural job captain at Cavin Design Group in Oklahoma and later worked as a project manager at Bogard Guthrie & Partners and EDI Architects, both in Dallas, Texas. He became director of the Physical Plant at the University of Oklahoma in 1998, and in 2002 was named director of Physical Plant Operations at The Pennsylvania State University.
Ward graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.