Faculty & Staff Directory Profile

Mr. Marcus D. Ward

Departments and Positions:
Leadership, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the ASU Foundation Inc.

Marcus Ward leads University advancement efforts including fundraising, alumni relations, and government affairs on behalf of America’s oldest historically black land-grant university. A passionate, skilled and enterprising servant leader, he has advanced Alcorn’s interests before numerous constituent and stakeholder groups.

In 2009, Ward began his Alcorn career in alumni relations by launching new initiatives and programs. He implemented bar-code membership cards with affinity benefits, established Facebook and Twitter accounts, and launched a regular electronic communications program that led to 5-percent growth in memberships.

Since his arrival, the University has realized almost 11-percent growth in fundraising and back-to-back Annual Fund records of $1.5 million in fiscal year 2011 and $2.3 million in 2012. As legislative liaison, he led efforts to secure $9.7 million in directed funding for Alcorn from the Mississippi Legislature in 2011 — the largest amount in school history.

Before joining Alcorn, Ward served as chief of staff for the late Mayor Frank E. Melton of the City of Jackson; special assistant to the assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior; and technology specialist for the Office of Post-Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He has been a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran and served as special assistant to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott.

Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/pre-law from Alcorn State University and earned his Master of Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has also studied public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

He is a Ford Foundation PPIA Fellow, an American Israel Education Foundation Fellow (AIPAC), a Kentucky Colonel, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson Class of 2007-2008.