Jessica Ward is a member of the College of the Arts Business Office staff. Directly after graduating High School she enlisted in the United States Navy stationed in Brunswick, ME with the P-3 "Orion" anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. She then spent 4 years stationed with the United States Marine Corps at MCAS Beaufort, SC in support of the FA-18 "Hornet" Fighter/Attack aircraft squadrons. In 2005 she transferred back to Florida where she served at her final duty station NSA Panama City in support of the Naval Dive School. She traveled the world in her 8 years of active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and other campaigns. Taking college courses while deployed she was able to complete several Naval Education Certifications and advanced to a Second Class Petty Officer.
In December 2007 she was Honorably discharged from the Navy and returned home to Gainesville FL to be with her two daughters. Returning to Gainesville she worked in the private aviation community as a Flight Coordinator/Crew scheduler and in Private Charter Sales. She came on board College of the Arts at UF in the Summer of 2010 as Fiscal Assistant II managing Student Fees. When she is not working at UF, Jessica enjoys spending time with her two daughters on day trips around North Central Florida and home remodeling projects. She also participates in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars programs and Troop Support. In her limited spare time she indulges in her love of reading.
She was the 2019-2020 Staff Council Chair. Serving the needs and involvement of all COTA staff.