Spartanburg, S.C. – Gloria M. Ward has been a named director of the Upward Bound program at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where she previously served as a student program coordinator in the Mary Black School of Nursing.
The USC Upstate Upward Bound program is designed to increase student participants' motivation, academic and social skills to levels necessary for success in the completion of a program of secondary education, and to enter and complete a program of post secondary education. Additionally, the program seeks to promote leadership skills and an overall responsible lifestyle through its year-long series of group and individual activities. Currently there are 58 students who participate in the Upward Bound program.
“The Upward Bound program is a very important component of the programs in the School of Education,” said Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate. “It has been very successful in the past and we have no doubt that the success of this program will continue flourish under the leadership of Ms. Ward."
Ward has more than 10 years experience working in higher education. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, Ward worked in the continuing education department at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she provided academic advisement to transfer students, designed the curriculum of courses for undergraduate and graduate courses, and obtained grants to support youth activities.
Ward has a Master’s of Business Administration from Baker College – Center for Graduate Studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Michigan University.