July 1, 2014
Dr. Tim Ward, associate dean of sciences at Millsaps College, has been named the first holder of the Berry Family Endowed Chair in Science at Millsaps.
The Berry Family Chair was established in memory of Dr. J.T.B. Berry, a physician and surgeon in the Brandon area for many years; his children, Mary, Christine and Tom; and his granddaughter, Merle Berry Tennyson Montjoy, a Jackson artist, volunteer and philanthropist. It was the benefactor’s hope that the endowment would enable faculty to focus special attention on students who are interested in a career in medicine.
After completing his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Ward worked several years at Syntex Pharmaceuticals before he joined the faculty at Millsaps in 1990. He was chair of the chemistry department at Millsaps for 10 years before becoming the associate dean of sciences.
His accomplishments include authorship of more than 40 publications in scientific journals, many of which include Millsaps students as co-authors. He has received the Millsaps Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor paid to a Millsaps professor; the Exemplary Teacher Award given by the General Board of Higher Education for the United Methodist Church; the Chemist of the Year award from the Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society; and has earned recognition by the Mississippi Academy of Sciences for Outstanding Contributions to Science.
Dr. Keith Dunn, senior vice president for academic affairs at Millsaps, said Ward has been instrumental in both the College’s undergraduate research and pre-medical programs.
“He has generated in excess of $2 million in support for these programs from foundations such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Keck Foundation, and from friends and alumni of Millsaps College,” he said. “Tim Ward is an excellent teacher, a prolific scholar, an able administrator and a caring mentor for our students.”
Ward said being named the holder of an academic chair is a distinct honor. “What is most important is that the award signifies how fortunate I have been to be in a position to have a positive impact on the lives of so many of our students—that is indeed the true honor,” he said.