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Marie Ward

Superintendent in Residence, Office of the Dean


Marie Ward is superintendent of the Fairfield County Educational Service Center in Lancaster, Ohio, a position she has held since 2014. Prior to that, she was assistant superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and, before that, of the service center for Delaware-Union, where she directed services for students with disabilities.

In addition to her work as an education administrator, Ward has worked with children with disabilities and behavioral challenges, as well as individuals who sustained a traumatic brain injury.

During the past 20 years, Ward has collaborated with more than 40 school districts to analyze data, craft solutions and leverage resources to support better outcomes for students. She has received more than $45 million in grants and contracts for this work.

She has led the development of numerous, award-winning programs recognized at local, state and national levels. In October 2019, she was nominated by her peers to receive the Buckeye Association of School Administrator’s Exemplary Educational Leadership Award.

Prior to moving to Ohio, Ward directed the Office of Disability Services at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and served as a lecturer and adjunct professor there and at Illinois State University. Originally from Detroit, Ward shared her wisdom with Ohio State students as a lecturer for 16 years.


  • PhD, Special Education and Behavioral Analysis, The Ohio State University
  • MS, Clinical Behavioral Psychology, Eastern Michigan University
  • BS, Psychology and Biology, Eastern Michigan University