Dean, College of Public and International Affairs
D.Ed. De La Salle University
Diplomate, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris (France)
Office: Carlson Hall, Room 235
Phone: (203) 576-4966
Fax: (203) 576-4967
Thomas Ward is Dean of the College of Public and International Affairs and Vice President for Internationalization at the University of Bridgeport. An honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he did his doctoral studies at the Institute of Social Studies of the Catholic Institute of Paris and at De La Salle University in the Philippines. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the potential role that four development models (Western democracy, Marxism-Leninism, Liberation Theology, and Confucian-based Social Theory) could play in the Philippines’ future political economy. His thesis advisor was Brother Andrew Gonzalez who later served as Minister of Education of the Philippines. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi academic honors societies.
Dr. Ward began his career as a risk analyst for Equibank in Pennsylvania and later worked for the Bank of America in France. He then served as a lecturer and researcher on comparative political systems for over a decade doing presentations for legislators and for other government officials in the United States and abroad. Ward has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States and has traveled in more than 60 countries. He participated in a Track II diplomatic initiative to North Korea in late 1992 and served as an intermediary in the process that led to Pyongyang’s June 23, 1992 announced suspension of “Anti-American month.”
Dr. Ward lectures in English, French, and Spanish and has studied several other European and Asian languages. He holds a Diplôme (Hons.) in French Language and Literature (European institutions concentration) from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He also holds a professional certification in Juridical French (DFP Juridique) from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris and is a recipient of the French Ministry of National Education’s Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF C2/ Humanities and Social Science Track). Ward has been a visiting scholar in the Peoples Republic of China and a guest lecturer at the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, at De La Salle University in the Philippines and at the Catholic University of La Plata in Argentina. He has served as a Human Rights Commissioner in New York’s Dutchess County, as a member of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Advisory Committee on International Education Policy, and as a Special Examiner for the Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards. In 2013 Ward was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to participate in the first International Education Administrator (IEA) program ever held in France. This led to his article on “How the Shanghai Reforms transformed the French Educational System” that appeared in the 2013 edition of the Journal of Global Development and Peace.
Ward joined the University of Bridgeport in 1993 and worked closely with former UN General Assembly President Stoyan Ganev in the University’s New England Center for International and Regional Studies for more than five years in developing the academic focus and framework for the College of Public and International Affairs. Since 2012, Ward has represented the University of Bridgeport at the United Nations Department of Public Information section for NGOs and he serves on the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN). He has done pioneer writing and research on the political economy of NGOs and their role in human security. He has written on issues related to religion, culture, development, and governance. One of his articles is included below for your review.