William T. Ward III, former director of Alumni Relations and lifelong Colorado State supporter, will be honored at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Feb. 17. Ward has been named the College of Liberal Arts 2006 College Honor Alumnus.
Through his support of the Colorado State Alumni Association, Ward has been a part of the Colorado State community for more than 50 years.
"Bill is a shining example of a Colorado State graduate who is truly an ambassador for the university," said William Krause, former president of the Colorado State University Alumni Association. "His interest and dedication to Colorado State has never decreased."
Ward was a member of the Colorado State Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as president in 1972. He went on to serve as the director of Alumni Relations from 1973 until 1986. Under his leadership, the Alumni Association went through a complete and positive change, Krause said.
Additionally, Ward was the director of the Colorado State University Foundation and the director of Development and Alumni Relations at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Throughout his career, Ward has been a rancher and a livestock owner, fifth grade teacher, realtor, school board member, Cattlemen Association president, a credit union director and a member of Rotary International and the Sertoma Club.
Ward serves on the board of directors of the Southern Colorado Community Foundation, the Pueblo symphony, and the Historic Arkansas River Project Foundation, as well as on the board of trustees of the United Way of Pueblo County. He also is a member of Colorado State’s 1870 Club and the President’s Club at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Ward is a supporter of Colorado State athletics, attending many home events and following the teams to away games.
Ward graduated from Colorado State in 1957 with a degree in physical education and minors in math and physical sciences.