Hope Morgan Ward T'73, D'78

Hope Morgan Ward is a bishop of the United Methodist Church, currently serving as Bishop of the North Carolina Conference since 2012. Previously, she served as Bishop of the Mississippi Conference from 2004-2012. 

She graduated from Duke in 1973 with a double major in English and Religion, and returned to earn a Masters in Divinity in 1978.

Bishop Ward grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. She and her husband Mike Ward live in Raleigh, NC. Their son, Jason T'01, was a Benjamin Duke Scholar. Jason teaches history at Emory University and his wife Alison Greene teaches at Candler and parents of sons, Amos and Theo. Their daughter, Brooke and her husband Derek Taira are on the faculty of University of Hawaii-Manoa and parents of a son, Morgan and daughter, Nyla.

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010, Bishop Ward serves on the Undergraduate Education Committee and the Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Task Force. Bishop Ward served on Duke Divinity School’s Alumni Board of Directors from 1997-2001 and Board of Visitors from 2002-2008.

August 2020