USD Adds Media Relations Director for Schools of Peace & Education

Denise T. Ward has joined the University of San Diego as director of media relations. In this position, Ward is responsible for media initiatives for the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (SOP) and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).

Ward and her family recently returned to San Diego after spending three years in Yokosuka, Japan. While in Japan, she served as deputy public affairs officer for Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Naval Base where she led a staff of 11 U.S. and Japanese employees on the daily operation of the Public Affairs Office, including production of a television program, newspaper and two live, call-in talk shows.

During Ward’s diverse career, she has worked as a print journalist, editor, radio news reporter, broadcast television producer, reporter and anchor. Her work with the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Business Journal and San Diego Daily Transcript has allowed her to cover a range of issues from higher education to business and sports. She also has done freelance work for National Public Radio Newscast and Smart Business magazine.

Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Black Journalists, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, and she is a former board member of the San Diego Press Club.

Ward, a native of Leesburg, GA, is a graduate of Valdosta State University and the University of Phoenix. She can be reached by e-mail at or at (619) 260-4659.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.