EVERETT B. WARD, PH.D.
35th General President
Alpha Phi Alpha
BROTHER EVERETT B. WARD, PH.D. is the 35th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Having distinguished himself as a leader at all levels of the Fraternity, Dr. Ward has served previously as a local chapter president, Chairman of the national Building Foundation, and an elected regional vice president. Throughout his 35 years of active service to the fraternity, Dr. Ward has been instrumental and committed to moving the fraternity forward. As General President, he has led Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., to actively advocate on behalf of causes affecting the African-American community, specifically men of color.
Prior to being elected General President, Dr. Ward served as the 11th president of his family alma mater, Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC from 2014 to 2019, where he was only the 3rd alumnus to serve as its president in its 152-year history. As the university’s leader and a respected change agent, Dr. Ward successfully turned the university around and restored it to full accreditation status. During his tenure as president, Dr. Ward championed academic excellence and encouraged innovation in scholarship and teaching. Prior to Saint Augustine’s University, Dr. Ward spent 21 years in state government in North Carolina and was the director of the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU)/Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
As a dedicated servant-leader in the community, Dr. Ward serves on several national, regional and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. He is a former 20-year member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he served as vice chairman of the DNC Black Caucus. In 1989, Dr. Ward made history by becoming the first African-American to serve as executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He is also the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest and most prestigious award given to a North Carolina Citizen by Governor Roy Cooper.
Dr. Ward earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Augustine’s College (now university). He also earned a Master of Arts degree from North Carolina State University (NCSU), and his PhD from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University. As a result of his academic achievements, Dr. Ward was a North Carolina A&T State University Wardham Scholar and a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honour Society.