Karen Ward, business officer for UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries, retired in March after 29 years with the University. She began her career at UNCG in 1991 as a processing assistant in the Fiscal Plant and worked in Telephone Services and the School of Health and Human Performance as a program assistant. She has worked for University Libraries since 2000.
Throughout her service to University Libraries, Ward has been involved in a variety of activities including facilities, human resources, event planning and budget management. She was responsible for the oversight and operation of all state, endowed and trust funds. During her time with University Libraries, she became an expert in grant funding and co-authored How to Seek Grant Funds. Ward actively served on two committees for University Libraries, including the Grant Advisory Committee and the Beautification Committee.
Ward is well-known across campus for her knowledge and experience with North Carolina state policy, budget procedures and data management. In 2015, she was recognized with a Staff Star from UNCG’s Chancellor for her kindness, thoughtfulness and helpfulness to others. In 1997, she was awarded Woman of the Year from the American Business Women’s Association Lou-Celia Chapter. Ward holds an associate’s degree in data processing and computer programming from Tidewater Community College.
Written by Holly C. Shields
Image courtesy of Karen Ward