Big shoes, right? Ward, like Jay, has retired after a long and brilliant career in education, having worked in both the public and independent school world as a teacher, Dean, Upper School Head, and Head of School. He led Harley through a strategic planning cycle, the decennial accreditation process, the procurement of the largest gifts in school history, the groundbreaking of this summer’s building projects, and so much more.
Most of all, Ward led with that wonderful combination of smarts and humility that seems to characterize Harley, and really the best educators everywhere. He has been a mentor, friend, and role model to me and so many others here and elsewhere.