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. He and his wife Alison Greene earned Ph. D's at Yale, and are Assistant Professors at Mississippi State University and parents of sons, Amos and Theo. Their daughter, Brooke, was a Teaching Fellow, UNC-CH, '04, and UNC-CH, MAT, '05, and with her husband Derek Taira is an educator in Hawaii. Derek is on the faculty of University of Hawaii-Manoa, and Brooke is a director in the Hawaii Department of Education.
Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010, Bishop Ward serves on the Undergraduate Education Committee and the Human Resources Committee. She previously served on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Committee on Honorary Degrees. Bishop Ward served on Duke Divinity School’s Alumni Board of Directors from 1997-2001 and Board of Visitors from 2002-2008.