Michael E. Ward

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Michael E. Ward
Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
For other people named Michael Ward, see Michael Ward (disambiguation).

Michael E. Ward was Superintendent of Public Instruction for the U.S. state of North Carolina[1] from 1996 to 2004.

Born in Franklin County, North Carolina, Ward attended North Carolina State University. Upon graduation, he was employed as a public school teacher and later a principal before serving as superintendent of public schools in Granville County. After being named North Carolina's 'Superintendent of the Year' in 1994, Ward was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1996. A Democrat, Ward was elected to a second term in 2000; he chose not to stand for reelection in 2004. In August 2004, Ward stepped down from his position prematurely to join his wife, Hope Morgan Ward who had accepted a position as a Methodist bishop in Mississippi; Patricia N. Willoughby was appointed to fill the position for the remainder of Ward's term. Ward has two children, Jason and Brooke. Jason Ward was a 2001 Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta region.


  1. ^ Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy (May 17, 2006). "Investing in the Future". Education Week. Retrieved 3 July 2011. “Frankly, there was a need for some pressure” on schools to perform better, says Michael E. Ward, who was the state superintendent of public instruction ...