"I came to Fredonia as a quiet, small-town girl and found my voice,” Carol Ward, ’81, explains. She went on to say, “Fredonia has always meant so much. The people there took a little country girl from Ravena, New York, and made her more outspoken, more targeted and actually a more happily fulfilled young lady.”
When Carol joined the Fredonia College Foundation Board she was a partner in Johnson Lambert & Co., a Washington, D.C.-based CPA and consulting firm, serving as director of the Association Services Group, overseeing the outsourcing of accounting services. She also held responsibility for providing general business, tax and benefits consulting for tax-exempt clients, as well as leading the insurance tax practice and the areas of financial analysis and consulting, ERISA planning and consultation, tax research and compliance, management studies, board presentations, technical review of monthly compilations, budgeting, fraud investigation and general financial oversight.
As a dynamo in her professional life as well as in her volunteer service, Carol was a Fredonia College Foundation Board member from 2002 to 2015, including service as chair and vice chair.
Carol brought her high level of expertise and seemingly boundless energy to the Fredonia College Foundation Board. She also brought her smile — a smile that would light up the room — and she brought her voice…that voice she found as a student at Fredonia.
Carol was greatly valued as a board member; she was fully engaged, forthright, knowledgeable and always looking out for the well-being of Fredonia students, along with developing excellent policies and procedures for the accounting operations of the foundation.
In a board resolution at the end of her tenure, it was noted that, “Ms. Ward is admired for her ability to balance her professional commitments to maintain an exemplary attendance record at board meetings and conference call committee work, always adding clarity to discussions.”
Board membership was not the beginning of her alumni engagement with her alma mater, as Carol became a consistent annual donor in 1984; only three years after graduation. Her passion for Fredonia is a joy to witness. Her enthusiasm for students and their Fredonia experience is contagious.
In 2005, Carol joined the Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society, along with having established two scholarship endowments in the foundation, as well. The Stephen and Carol Ward School of Business Award was created for accounting majors. The Robert L. and Edith B. Eck Scholarship, honoring her parents, encourages student applications from Carol’s high school, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School.
Carol’s voice is clear in support of helping deserving students achieve their educational dreams — and her voice will continue to be heard for generations to come as part of the legacy she established for her husband, herself and her late parents through her advance planning with her Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society membership.
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Contact Heather M. McKeever at (716) 673-3321 or Heather.Mckeever@fredonia.edu to learn how you can join the Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society and make a lasting impact for Fredonia students.
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