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Harold Anson Ward III became a member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees in 1978. Four years later, he was elected chairman, and served four terms in that capacity. Among other positions beneficial to the College, he also served on a presidential search committee and the Taxwise Giving Committee.

Ward is a Winter Park native who graduated from Winter Park High School. Afterward, he attended the University of Chicago and received both his bachelor's and law degrees. Following his graduation, he became a clerk for the Honorable Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice, and served in the Air Force as an officer to the General Counsel. He later became a member of the law firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman.

A very active member of the local community, Ward has served in numerous positions, including serving as a member of the board of control for the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Foundation, vice president and director of the Winter Park Library Association, member of the Florida and American Bar Associations, and chairman of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Rollins College in 1986, the Rollins Decoration of Honor in 1998, and the 1999 Outstanding Citizen of the Year award from the City of Winter Park.

Although Ward is not a Rollins alumnus, his family history is intertwined with the College. His grandparents attended the Rollins Academy in the late 1800s and his grandfather became a trustee. His father and aunts graduated from Rollins, and his son-in-law earned an M.B.A. from the Crummer Graduate School of Business.

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Ward discusses his grandfather, Harold A. Ward I

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Ward discusses growing up in Winter Park

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Ward discusses Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

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Ward discusses his early exposure to Rollins

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Ward discusses the college’s Presidents