Pitt County School Board member Matthew Ward has passed away according to school officials.
In a press release school officials said, "It is with extreme sadness that Pitt County Schools acknowledges the untimely death of school Board member Matthew Ward." No further information has been given on how Ward died.
School Board Chair Billy Peaden said, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Matthew Ward. He was a caring and dedicated school board member who always advocated for the people of Pitt County Schools. His voice will be missed."
Superintendent Dr. Beverly Emory said, ""Matthew exemplified a servant of God, always positive, never complained despite his own health challenges, and always about the children. He set a good example for all of us in his short time on the Board. This loss is great but I hope we can honor him by striving to live as he did. My heart goes out to his loving family."
Ward had served as a school board member since September 13, 2010, representing District 1.