Marianne Ward, director of alumni and constituent relations at Missouri University of Science and Technology since June 2007, is stepping down from the position effective July 24 to become director of communications and marketing for the Waynesville R-VI School District in Waynesville, Mo.
Darlene Ramsay, director of advancement services at Missouri S&T, will serve as interim director and Patti Chism, manager of business and fiscal operations for Missouri S&T advancement services, will serve as interim director of advancement services. The university plans to conduct a search for a new alumni director soon.
As alumni director at Missouri S&T, Ward coordinated activities for the Miner Alumni Association, which represents the university’s 52,000 graduates.
“It has been a great privilege and a pleasure to work with our alumni,” Ward says. “Thanks to their dedication and support, the connection between our graduates and the university is stronger than ever.”
“It has been a sincere pleasure to work with Marianne during her time as alumni director,” says Susan Rothschild of St. Louis, current president of the Miner Alumni Association. “She is a genuinely caring person who is beloved by alumni and friends as well as the campus community. We all will miss her, and we wish her the best in her new endeavor.”
“Marianne has a true passion and enthusiasm for building relationships with alumni and strengthening our connections with Missouri S&T,” says John Eash of Weldon Spring, Mo., president-elect of the Miner Alumni Association. “She has set a standard for alumni relations that will be tough to match, and we will miss her greatly.”
As director of alumni and constituent relations, Ward was instrumental in involving graduates in the process to rename the university to Missouri S&T in 2007 and through 2008. From 1964 until 2008, the campus was known as the University of Missouri-Rolla and prior to 1964, it was known as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.
Ward also guided the alumni association board of directors through its most recent strategic planning process and helped coordinate the Alumni of Influence project, an effort to honor and recognize the university’s most influential and remarkable graduates. The project included a special coffee-table style publication and recognition event in November 2011.
In addition, Ward served as an editor for the university’s alumni publication, Missouri S&T Magazine.
During her 21-year tenure at Missouri S&T, Ward has served in many roles in the University Advancement division, including graphic design, public relations and annual giving. She began working in the alumni and constituent relations office in 2001 as a coordinator and served as assistant director from 2002 until her appointment as director in 2007.
A resident of Waynesville for the past 23 years, Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, Ward was a managing editor and writer for newspapers in Missouri and Illinois.