Lori L. Ward

Lori L. Ward

Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools


Lori L. Ward is the Superintendent for Dayton Public Schools which serves over 15,000 PK-12 students.   Prior to this assignment, she was appointed as the Deputy to the Superintendent in July, 2008 where she managed information technology, transportation, nutrition services, safety & security, logistical support services, facilities management, and athletics.  Mrs. Ward joined DPS in 1995 as a classroom teacher and received the district’s Sallie Mae Wyatt New Teacher Award in May 1996.  Mrs. Ward served in the role as a district educational technology specialist from 1997 – 1998 and in 1999, Mrs. Ward was named the executive director, information and educational technology.  In April 2006, Mrs. Ward was promoted to the Chief of Business Operations.

 Prior to joining DPS, Mrs. Ward spent 13 years at IBM Corporation in Dayton, OH and Louisville, KY in the capacities of:  account administrator, manager, systems engineer, and consultant.

 A 1980 graduate of CentralStateUniversity with a B.S. in Business Administration – Accounting, Mrs. Ward also received her elementary certification from CSU in 1995.  In 1999, Mrs. Ward graduated from the University of Dayton with a M.Ed. in Computers in Education.

 Mrs. Ward resides in Dayton with her husband, Luther Ward and has one daughter, Leah, who is an alumna of Colonel White High School and a 2011 graduate of Ohio University.  Mrs. Ward is a member of New North Street AME Church, Springfield, OH, where she serves on the Steward Board, and the Beta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Dayton Rotary.