Jack Ward has been named Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association, the group said Monday.
Ward has served as AHA's chief operating officer and director of breed improvement since he joined AHA in 2003.
As EVP, Ward will lead, direct, manage or support all functions of the Association, including serving as the Association secretary. Reporting directly to the AHA Board, he will develop and recommend policies, plans and programs to effectively meet the needs and challenges of the membership and to enhance the growth and reputation of the Hereford breed and the American Hereford Association.
Ward grew up in Indiana and was active in 4-H and FFA showing cattle, sheep and pigs. He earned his associate of science degree from Black Hawk East, Kewanee, Ill., and bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from Purdue University.
Ward's leadership has created increased interest and participation in the Association's National Reference Sire Program and testing Hereford genetics in real-world commercial settings. During his tenure AHA has increased the number of commercial cows used in testing young sires from 700 to 2,000.
He was also instrumental in AHA's development of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences and other breed improvement strategies such as the newly released udder EPDs.
Along with his solid background in Association work, Ward also has real world seedstock experience spending 16 years managing several predominant seedstock operations and most recently was managing partner of Maple Lane Angus.
A proponent of performance data coupled with phenotypically correct cattle, Ward has judged livestock shows for more than 30 years in the U.S and six foreign countries.
Ward and his wife, Mary Ann, reside in Plattsburg, Mo., and have two sons — Cameron and Carter. He's a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and served as president of the Clinton County Extension Council.