Park University Faculty

Dr. Terrence R. Ward

Terrence R. Ward
Assistant Professor, Public Administration
Associate Dean, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs
MPA Area Coordinator, Nonprofit and Community Service

Phone: (816) 559-5650
Fax: (816) 527-0858

Park University - Downtown Kansas City Campus
911 Main Street, Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64105


  • B.S. Physics, Missouri University of Science and Technology (University of Missouri- Rolla)
  • M.B.A., Rockhurst University
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City, Bloch School of Management
    • Primary Emphasis – Public Policy
    • Secondary Emphasis – Education Finance


  • PA 501 - Public Affairs Concepts and Theory
  • PA 513 - Public Policy and Evaluation
  • PA 545 - Government and nonprofit organization
  • PA 594 - Nonprofit Finance


  • I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs.
  • My undergraduate degree is a BS in Physics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
  • I also hold an MBA which was earned in the Executive Fellows program at Rockhurst University.
  • I completed my PhD at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2012; an interdisciplinary degree with a primary emphasis in Public Administration and a secondary emphasis in Education Finance.
  • Accompanying those academic pursuits was a 40-year professional career in mostly the for-profit sector and robust community involvement, particularly focused on support of education, job training and economic development.
  • That public service was complemented with seven terms of elected service as a member of the school board in the North Kansas City School district – the largest district on the Missouri side of the community with 19,000 students, 1,500 teachers, about 2,000 full and part-time staff and an operating budget of about $225,000,000.
  • One of my doctoral committee members referred to me as a “pracademic”, which I would suspect is an apt descriptor. So, I have put a terminal degree on top of 40 years of practice in the field of public administration, some as an administrator, so as a community volunteer, much of it as a board member involved in governance and policy development.