David Ward has a Bachelor of Science in Grain Science and Technology from Kansas State University, an MBA from St. Ambrose University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Western Illinois University. He is a certified public accountant, and has taught in the areas of accounting and business for Ashford University since 2005. A poem excerpt that Ward likes to share with students is from Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken":
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.