The source of the name for Ward Hall was explained in a press release:
Stephanie Crooks Assistant News Director
NEW WOMENS DORM RENAMED AFTER FORMER ROLLINS PRESIDENT
Winter Park--The Board of Trustees of Rollins College recently announced the naming of the College's newest womens dormitory, referred to as New Women's Dorm, as George Morgan Ward Hall in honor of the College's distinguished third president.
Ward, who came to Rollins at the age of 37, served as president from 1896-1902. He assumed the presidency at a critical time in Florida's history, one year after the "Big Freeze of 1895" which virtually destroyed the citrus industry, the prime source of economy for the State.
Yet, inspite of the freeze which obliterated the citrus groves and spread financial ruin, Ward's leadership and administrative abilities managed to keep the college financially stable.
Ward attended Harvard University and Dartmouth College. He graduated from Boston University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. He received his Ph.D. at Dartmouth and was ordained a Congregational minister at Andover Theological Seminary.
Ward received honorary degrees from the University of Florida and Rollins College.
He became the first treasurer of the United (now International) Society of Christian Endeavour and served the organization until his resignation four years later as General Secretary due to ill health. Editor of the Society's publication the "Golden Rule" he contributed largely to the tremendous growth of the Christian Endeavour movement.
Former Rollins President Hamilton Holt paid Ward this tribute: "I gladly testify that no friend of Rollins has been more zealous in the upbuilding of the college, more devoted to its interests, or more delighted in its successes than he."
Ward Hall is a four-story modified Spanish-Mediterranean structure which was completed in 1970.