David Ward, College of Health Professions

New Dean for the College of Health Professions

(Sept. 22, 2012) Armstrong announces the appointment of David Ward as dean for the College of Health Professions. Ward brings deep experience and an academic background in healthcare policy that will help position students in Armstrong's College of Health Professions as leaders in the region and the country's evolving healthcare field.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ward as part of Armstrong's leadership team,” said Armstrong Provost Carey Adams. “His extensive experiences in teaching, practice and administration, combined with his forward-looking and collaborative approach to health professions education, are just what we were hoping to find in the next Dean for the College of Health Professions.”

Prior to joining Armstrong, Ward served as dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England (UNE). While at UNE, he led eight academic programs including, nursing, athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work, nurse anesthesia and dental hygiene. In addition to his time at UNE, Ward served as the associate dean for academic and student affairs and professor of health administration and policy at the Medical University of South Carolina. While at the Medical University of South Carolina, Ward also served as chairman of the Department of Health Administration and Policy.

Ward's teaching activities have included financial management, healthcare accounting and applied research methods. His research activities have focused on the use of cost-effectiveness analysis and linear programming for increasing the efficiency of health care spending. Ward has numerous peer-reviewed publications in journals such as “Health Care Financing Review,” “Public Budgeting and Financial Management” and the “American Journal of Public Health.” He is also a co-author of two books, “Essentials of Cost Accounting for Health Care Organizations,” now in its third edition, and “Accounting Fundamentals for Health Care Management,” now in its second edition.

Ward received his B.A. from Colgate University and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He is a member of the Cost Accounting and Analysis Advisory Panel for the Finance Project and a former member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institute on Nursing Research.

As the largest undergraduate health college in the state of Georgia, Armstrong's College of Health Professions offers a range of academic programs that prepare students for careers in nursing, public health, health administration and the allied health professions. From associate through doctoral degrees, the College of Health Professions continually responds to the health and wellness needs of an ever-growing and changing population.