Betty Lou Ward

1321 Deerhurst Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614

Wake County: 919-856-5566

Email: bward@wakegov.com


Elected: 1988
Re-elected: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Term expires: December 2016


NATIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

  • July 1998–July 1999 President, National Association of Counties
  • July 1997–July 1998 First Vice President, National Association of Counties
  • 2005 Vice Chair, Health Committee, National Association of Counties
  • 2000–2008 Chair, Arts and Culture Committee, National Association of Counties
  • 1997 Chair, Bylaws Committee, National Association of Counties


PUBLIC SERVICE AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Vice Chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners, 2010
  • Wake County Commissioner since December 1988
  • Commissioners' Chair for 1999–2000; Vice Chair, 1998–1999
  • Chair, Board of Commissioners Growth Issues Task Force Committee 2009–2010
  • Chair, Commissioners' Human and Community Services Committee, 2001 and 2002
  • Vice Chair, Commissioners' Budget, Finance and Education Committee, 2002
  • Member, Commissioners' Budget, Finance and Education Committee, 2001
  • Co-Chair, Local Government Partnership Council
  • Co-Chair, Human Services Automation Planning Council of North Carolina
  • National Council on Air Quality Standards
  • Board of Directors, Wake Education Foundation
  • Board of Directors, United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County
  • Board of Trustees, Communities in Schools
  • North Carolina PTA (Lifetime Member)
  • Past President, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
  • Past Chair, Wake County Social Services Board
  • Past member, Wake County Board of Health, the Raleigh Planning Commission and the Wake County Council on Fitness and Health


AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Academy of Women
  • Triangle Business Journal's Ten Most Powerful Women in the Triangle, 1998


EDUCATION

  • Graduate, Asbury School of Nursing
  • Further study, Early Childhood Development
  • N.C. Institute of Government, Local Government Course


PERSONAL

  • Husband, Bill; Children, Jeff and Missy