Dr. Dane Ward
Dean, University Libraries
Dr. Ward comes from Illinois State University, Normal, where he served as dean of the Milner Library since 2014. In his leadership role at Illinois State University, Normal, Ward developed partnerships with other units on campus to create one-stop learning assistance and support for students, including help with writing, stress management and career preparation. He revived a library fundraising effort, worked to enhance receptiveness to diversity, and developed a committee for textbook affordability in conjunction with the school’s student government association.
In 2009, Ward received a Special Presidential Recognition Award for Information Literary Innovation from the Association of College and Research Libraries. He also has held librarian positions at Central Michigan University and Wayne State University. A former Peace Corps teacher trainer/educational consultant in Senegal, Ward also has taught high school social studies and college-level English and social science.
Ward earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Illinois State University, Normal, a Master of Library and Information Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Master of Science in secondary social studies education from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington.
“Dane brings a strong background in community-building and campus collaboration as a means to assist academic libraries in meeting the changing information needs of their institutions.” – Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Darrell Kruger