Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chris O. Ward is the featured speaker at the York College (www.york.cuny.edu) Executive Leadership Breakfast hosted by President Marcia V. Keizs and The CUNY Aviation Institute at York College Friday, October 10, 2008, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., in the Faculty Dining Room, Academic Core Building, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY.
Ward also serves as President of the Port Authority’s wholly owned entities: Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, the Newark Legal and Communications Center Urban Renewal Corporation, and the New York and New Jersey Railroad Corporation. He was appointed on May 22, 2008. This is Ward’s second tenure at the Port Authority. He previously served as Chief of Planning and External Affairs, as well as Director of Port Redevelopment from 1997 to 2002.
Immediately prior to being appointed Executive Director of the Port Authority, Ward served for over two years as Managing Director of The General Contractors Association of New York, Inc. (GCA), where he directed and managed the major trade association that represents the heavy construction industry in the City of New York.
Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University’s Divinity School. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.