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William E. Ward, American mayor.


Ward, William E. was born in 1933 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, United States.


Bachelor, Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia, 1957. Master of Arts, Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Clark University, Worchester, Massachusetts, 1972.

Studied, Hampton, African History Institute, 1963. Studied, Norfolk State College, American History Institute, 1967. Studied, Carnegie-Mellon University, Afro-American History Institute, 1969.

Studied, American Forum International Study, Ghana, West Africa, 1972. Studied, University West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 1977.


Mayor City of Chesapeake, Chesapeake, VA., since 1990. Teacher I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1958—1962, P.S. 181, Baltimore, Maryland, 1962—1963. Assistant professor Norfolk State College, 1968—1970.

TTT fellow Clark University. Associate professor Norfolk State College, 1973—1979. Professor Norfolk State University, 1980—1998, chair, history department, 1997—2000.

Retired, 2000; part-time teacher, since 2000. Course instructor Clark University, 1972. Co-director In-Svc. Workshop, 1971.

Consultant Norfolk State College, 1971—1972, Norfolk Committee, 1970—1978. Participated Economic Trade Cultural Missions to Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Israel, Europe, Japan, 1990—1999. Former host PRIDE, WAVY-television.

Chairman, insurance committee Norfolk State University, chairman, faculty senate Virginia benefits committee, chairman, senate grievance committee, chairman, black history committee, member, college wide council teacher educated, college executive council, 1971—1982, president faculty senate, 1975—1977.


Board director Norfolk Chesapeake Virginia Beach United Way, Tidewater Virginia Urban League. Member Chesapeake City Council, since 1978, mayor, since 1990. Member United States Conference Mayors, Chesapeake Forward Civic Organization.

Past president Chesapeake Men Progress Civic Organization, Fernwood Farms Civic League. Member Hampton Rds. Military Diplomats. Chairman Fourth Congressional Voters League.

Member Virginia State Democratic Center Committee, WAVY-television Minority Advisory Board. Delegate National Democratic Convention, New York City, 1976, San Francisco, 1984. Chairman Hampton Rds.

Mayors Chair Caucus, 1995—1996. Elected to joint subcommittee study use of incentives for joint activities by localities appointed by Virginia Senate Committee Privileges, 1996. Appointed Virginia Municipal League Legislative Committee, 1997.

Executive board Tidewater Council Boy Scouts American, 1997—2000. Delegate 17th Annual Jerusalm Conference Mayors, 1997. 2nd vice chairman Hampton Rds.

Partnership, 1997; board directors Hampton Rds. Economic Alliance, 1997. Appointed International Task Force, National League Cities, 1998, United States Conference Mayors Task Force Electronic Commerce Internet Technology, 1999.

Member of Virginia Science Society Association, American Historical Association, Southern Historical Association, Association Study Negro Life History, Virginia Society History Teachers, National Fatherhood Initiative (co-chair mayor 2001-2002), Great Bridge Battlefield Waterways History Foundation (president), Tidewater Regional Health Council, Virginia World Technology Fair Commission, International Torch Club, Kappa Alpha Psi.