Dr. David Ward
SPRINGFIELD - Dr. David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, will present the 26th David Dodds Henry Lecture at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Ward will speak on "Higher Education and the Global Knowledge Economy: Affordability and Accountability Redefined."
A leading spokesperson for American higher education, Ward became the 11th president of the American Council on Education in 2001. Under his leadership, ACE developed a strategic plan that has strengthened the Council's role as the major coordinating agent for higher education and led to a sharpened focus on equity and diversity, internationalization, lifelong learning, and institutional effectiveness. As president of ACE, Dr. Ward has an appointment to the Council of the United Nations University and to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
His other service to higher education includes chairing the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, a nonprofit group that spearheaded the development of Internet 2. He also chaired the Government Relations Council of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and served on the Committee on Undergraduate Education of the Association of American Universities, the Science Coalition, and the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities.
Dr. Ward is chancellor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also served as associate dean of the graduate school and vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.
Since 1972, the David Dodds Henry lectures have presented noted educators such as James Koch, W. Ann Reynolds, Donna Shalala, and Stanley Ikenberry speaking on topics that relate to the theory, philosophy, and/or practice of the administration of higher education. Each lecture is hosted by one of the three U of I campuses; UIS last hosted the lecture in 2005.The Henry lectures were established in 1971 by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and the U of I Foundation to honor President Emeritus David D. Henry, who served as chief executive officer of the University for 16 years, from 1955 until his retirement in 1971. Henry's distinguished career also included service as executive vice chancellor of New York University and president of Wayne State University. He was the author of a number of books and articles, including Challenges Past, Challenges Present (1975) and "Leadership and the Presidency" for Higher Education Bibliography (1980). Dr. Henry died in 1995.