Bringing The World Home To You

© 2022 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton 94.1 Lumberton 99.9 Southern Pines
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Saint Augustine's University President Announces Plan To Retire

St. Augustine's University, HBCU
Leoneda Inge

After leading the historically black school for five years, Saint Augustine’s University President Everett B. Ward has announced he plans to retire.

Ward was born on the Saint Augustine’s campus and is a graduate of the university, as was his father. As far as leading the campus, Ward said it’s time to pass the baton.

“I am not going home to sit on the back screened-in porch in a rocking chair. There are things I will do," said Ward, 60. "But I just think the intensity of the day-to-day governance of a university, after five years, you need to know when you have achieved your goals.”

One of those goals was getting Saint Augustine's off probation. The small HBCU was on probation the past two years because of shrinking enrollment and funds. Ward is credited with helping turn that around. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges removed Saint Augustine's from probation last month, keeping its accreditation intact.

The university reports donor support almost tripled in recent years, from $1 million in 2014 to $2.9 million in 2018.

"I will always be involved in Saint Augustine's, even when I am not here on earth. I have made provisions for Saint Augustine's to be well taken care of," Ward said, insinuating the university is in his will.

Ward said his favorite moments as president include graduation day and freshman orientation.

In a statement, Saint Augustine's student body president Alston DeVega said he's grateful to have had Ward as president during his years at the school. "He brought life back to the university," said DeVega.

Ward's last day is July 24.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
Related Stories
More Stories