JACKSONVILLIE, FL – Edward Waters College (EWC) announced that it will establish the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy in the coming months pursuant to a multi-year six figure grant from the Jesse Ball DuPoint Fund. The College plans to hire an executive director/scholar-in-residence and utilize grant funds to provide opportunities for students, scholars, practitioners and community members to examine and exchange ideas related to race, law/criminal justice, and socioeconomic policy matters through research, lectures, symposia and scholarship.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and potentially transformative development for our institution and the greater Jacksonville community,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., EWC president and CEO. “It is also a timely initiative for all of us given the recent events that have occurred throughout the country over the past year heightening our collective scrutiny of matters of race, law, and the engagement of African-American citizens with law enforcement as well as the ongoing plight for social and economic equity that has come even more to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Over the next three years, the main objective of the Randolph Institute is to create positive change through at least one new policy for law, race, social justice or economics adopted by the City of Jacksonville, law enforcement agency or department, or related organization and/or create positive change in at least one current and local statistic related to these matters. One of the primary long-term goals of the Randolph Institute is to increase public confidence and trust in jacksonville in the fairness of police interactions with community members and of prosecutorial charging decisions, normally made by district attorneys.

“The Randolph Institute represents a unique and powerful opportunity to advance our collective goals of making our community more open, equitable and inclusive,” said Mari Kuraishi, President of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. “We are proud to honor the legacy of A. Philip Randolph by expanding opportunities for scholarship, open dialogue, and policy recommendations at a critical time for our community.”

Asa Philip Randolph was a groundbreaking leader, organizer, and social activist who championed equitable labor rights for African American communities throughout the 20th century. He attended Edward Waters College from ages 14 to 16 before transferring to Bethune-Cookman where he graduated. Randolph’s abilities as an organizer and trailblazer became the driving force in ending racial discrimination in government defense factories and desegregating the armed forces, both done through presidential decree. He was a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Mr. Randolph Institute in Washington, D.C.

“I am confident that this bold decision by the Jesse Ball duPont Fund will inspire others to join us towards catalyzing additional support in achieving substantial and substantive outcomes to positively impact the lives of all our fellow citizens and particularly traditionally marginalized communities which is directly reflective of the spirit of A. Philip Randolph and his life’s work,” said Dr. Faison.

“We are grateful to the Fund for their continued partnership and support in enabling the launch this critical new institute and EWC looks forward to continuing our longstanding service as an essential resource, solution provider, and conduit for leading progressive and meaningful change in the greater Jacksonville community and beyond.”


About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal art education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principle of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

(Jacksonville, FL) – Edward Waters College (EWC) is taking significant steps to enhance its living and learning environment for students that reside on its campus. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, January 29, the College unveiled and dedicated the new Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall located at 1780 Pearce Street.

View of the newly redesigned courtyard.

“We look forward to welcoming our students to this state-of-the-art residential facility,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., president and CEO of Edward Waters College. “It is a special day for us all to recognize Bishop Richardson, chairman of the board of trustees of Edward Waters College, and, his wife, Supervisor Connie Richardson, for all that they do for the College, the 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Jacksonville. None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support from the City of Jacksonville and our outstanding relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry.”

In late 2019, the College broke ground on a comprehensive $4.4 million renovation of its largest student residence facility due to a special partnership with the City of Jacksonville. The newly renovated Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall has 176 beds and includes new furnishings throughout the entire facility including a computer lab, lounge and study areas and high-speed internet. The apartment-style units are outfitted with a furnished common area, bathroom furnishing and kichenette. A courtyard has been created with greenery and other features for students to enjoy.

“Edward Waters College is a vital part of Jacksonville and a key part of who we are as a community,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “The stronger this college is, the stronger our city is. I am proud my administration’s smart investment in EWC and Richardson hall to strengthen this historic institution, surrounding neighborhood and our community as a whole.”

Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr. addresses the audience during the unveiling of Richardson hall.

“My wife and I are extremely grateful to the board of trustees for this extraordinary honor,” said Bishop Adam J. Richardson. He thanked Mayor Curry and stated, “This investment will have a lasting impact not only for EWC but also for the curb appear in New Town.” The Bishop recognized Dr Faison and said, “Your leadership has been phenomenal. We are seeing the evidence of your ambitious agenda and we are the beneficiaries of your energy, of your intellect and organizational acumen.”

“Having the opportunity to live on-campus provides critical thinking, cultural competency, conflict resolution, leadership and a sense of community which are all critical components of interpersonal development for our students,” said Dr. Faison. “The Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall will provide an opportunity for our students to experience high-quality, apartment-style living, as well as assist us in our recruitment and retention efforts of new and returning Tigers while continuously enhancing our local community.”


About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education for the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

Edward Waters College recently chartered a new chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and nine students were inducted as charter members in a virtual ceremony Tuesday.

Alpha Kappa Mu (AKM) is a general collegiate national honor society that was founded at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College (now Tennessee State University) in 1937 by Dr. George W. Gore, Jr., dean of the institution at the time. The society is open to college juniors and seniors who have achieved a level of distinction in their studies including a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

“The road to success is never easy but the hard work put forth will be worth it,” said Annik Segree, a senior majoring in biology. “I am grateful to become a member of Alpha Kappa Mu as it will provide great opportunities to connect with other scholars at different collegiate levels.”

“We are so pleased to launch our first chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society at EWC. This honor society will provide one vehicle for our outstanding students to be recognized on a national level for their exceptional scholarship. The chartering of this national honor society will also achieve the strategic vision of President and CEO A. Zachary Faison, Jr. by creating community, emphasizing critical and creative thinking across disciplines and fostering top-quality undergraduate research and creativity among our high achieving students,” said Dr. Donna H. Oliver, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This honor society and these students are an example of the premiere academic excellence and eminence emerging at Edward Waters College.”

“The chartering of Alpha Kappa Mu at Edward Waters College is evidence of our demonstrable progression towards placing a heightened emphasis upon extraordinary scholarship and high student achievement amongst our Tiger students. I am proud of you for all of your hard work and dedication. Remember this forever and wear your letter with pride,” said President Faison while sharing a picture of his 2001 induction into the Alpha Kappa Mu chapter at Albany State University. “I am part of you and you are part of me,” he stated to the new inductees in his closing remarks.

Currently, the society has approximately 92,000 members and 67 chapters. Alpha Kappa Mu is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, which is the Nation’s only certifying agent for college and university honor societies.


About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1886 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – A specially scheduled Stay Woke: The Edward Waters College (EWC) President’s Distinguished Speaker Series will be streamed live via Zoom and broadcasted via Facebook on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. This iteration of the speaker series will feature a panel of Jacksonville area African-American leaders and influencers that will share their reactions and perspectives related to the recent local, national, and international unrest that has resulted from the killing of unarmed and largely African-American males in our country. Even more, the panel participants will look to share their insight and explore solutions and potential strategic actions that individuals and community organizations can take towards seeking to create and advance public policy that will promote equitable quality of life outcomes for all Jacksonville’s citizens and especially its communities of color.

The conversation will be hosted by Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President and CEO of Edward Waters College, and moderated by Jacksonville native Ms. Dawn Lopez, co-anchor of Action News This Morning and Action News Jax at Noon CBS/47 Fox/30.

“Edward Waters College has a long and storied history as one of Jacksonville’s most prominent proverbial public squares where the academy and the community coalesce to engage to socio-political issue of our day in support of the conceptualization development and implementation of meaningful active solutions for the citizens and communities in which we serve and live,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President of Edward Waters College. “EWC is taking initiative, creating a platform, and giving an opportunity for genuine change to take place here in our Jacksonville Community.”

The speaker series is a student and campus-wide academic experiential engagement initiative intended to present a robust and varied collection of distinguished and scholarly speakers to the EWC campus community. This initiative, started in 2018, seeks to engage the views, ideas, and espoused ideals expressed by international, national, and local thought leaders, authors, entertainers, activists, advocates, athletes, educators, business leaders, and opinion shapers who will be featured as a part of this series.

The panelist for the conversation will include: : Senior Bishop of the 11th District of the A.M.E. Church, Presiding Prelate Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr.; Dr. Nathaniel Glover ‘66, EWC President Emeritus, retired Jacksonville Sherriff; Mr. Sam Newby ‘94, Vice President-Designee, Jacksonville City Council, Dr. Charles E. Moreland ‘03, Director of Community & International Affairs Office of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry; Dr. Richardson Danford, President, Jacksonville Urban League; Mr. Mandrake T. Miller, EWC Vice President for Student Success &Engagement; Dr. Kenneth Davis, EWC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; Mr. Johnnie Henry, EWC Student Government Association President; and Mr. Robert Thomas, III, 2020-2021 Mister Edward Waters College.

“At EWC, we encourage intellectual dialogue around issues facing the whole of our society and particularly those that impact the African-American community given our historic mission and founding as the State of Florida’s first independent institution of higher education and Florida’s first college or university established for the purpose of educating African-Americans” said President Faison. “The speaker series supports our institutional vision which emphatically denotes our ‘Emerging Eminence’ as we continue our work towards preparing students to be pioneering leaders, insatiable learners, critical thinkers, and agents for positive change in every sector of our increasingly expanding society and world.”

This series will be broadcast on facebook.com/ewctigers and will begin Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.

** Post revised on 9/4/20. Corrections has been made to this post to reflect the original submission .

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, award-winning historian, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and 2016 National Book Award winner will deliver the Edward Waters College’s spring commencement address on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church.

According to a press release by the University, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a University Professor of History and Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Florida A&M University, at 34 years old Dr. Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will join us as our speaker for the Edward Waters spring commencement ceremony,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President & CEO. “An award-winning historian and best-selling author, Dr. Kendia is a renowned self-professed hardcore humanist and a leading voice in our national discourse on racial reconciliation, social justice and humanity. His diverse perspectives and commentary on key issues affecting our lives will enrich and inspire our graduates as they embark to make a meaningful difference in their local communities and throughout the world.”

Consistent with the College’s mission of nurturing a rich intellectual community, earlier this academic year Edward Waters College (EWC) launched its inaugural Shared Common Reading Initiative which was developed as a way to challenge students, faculty, and staff to examine themselves and the local and global worlds they inhabit through reading. This year’s shared common reading text, Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America by Dr. Kendi, encourages integration of these ideas and perspective amongst all members of the Edward Waters College Community.

In 2019, Dr. Kendi was selected as John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. In addition, Dr. Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, and he is the author of the award-winning book on Black student activism in the lat 1960s and early 1970s, The Black Campus Movement. Kendi has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for several periodicals including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, The New York Times, New York Daily News , Time, Signature, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is currently working on his next book, How To Be An Antiracist, which will be published in 2019 by One World, a division of Penguin Random House.

“The entire Edward Waters College community is thrilled that Dr. Kendi will join us at this year’s Commencement, as we continue to work with great vigor and focus towards providing our students with a competitive higher educational experience that is Nulli Secundus – Second to None!” said President Faison.

About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church – related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.


Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., Edward Waters College

Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., 30th President and CEO of Edward Waters College.

Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., is the 30th President and CEO of Edward Waters College. Dr. Faison is a visionary and prolific higher education leader having set an audacious vision for EWC as a destination institution of Emerging Eminence.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Faison’s career exploits include distinguished professional experiences as a higher education executive administrator, educator, and attorney. He was most recently the General Counsel and Vice President of External Affairs at Tuskegee University where he served as the university’s chief legal officer and provided principal oversight for his legislative and governmental relations functions. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Virginia Union University (VUU) in Richmond, VA where he helped lead the university in achieving increases in overall student enrollment and retention having founded the VUU College for African-American Men (VCAAM). He also previously served as Special Assistant to the President Legal & Legislative Affairs, Community Affairs, and Economic Development at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS where he later become University Chief of Staff before being name Vice President of Institutional Advancement (interim) & Executive Director of the MVSU Foundation. Faison’s philanthropic work at MVSU yielded nearly $25 million dollars in funding to the university towards new capital projects, infrastructural improvements, and campus renovations. He previously held directorships at EWC as Director of External Relations and Leadership Gifts and at Albany State University (ASU) in Albany, Georgia as the Director of Alumni Affairs. As a scholar-educator, Faison has held professional appointments at both the undergraduate and graduate level(s) in various academic disciplines including Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration. Faison is also a former state prosecutor having served as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminal felony drug cases in Georgia.

Faison graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albany State University (ASU) with a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in English. He attended the University of Georgia School of Law (UGA) where he earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.). He has completed post-doctoral study as a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute of Educational Management (IEM) and was Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute Fellow of the American Association of State Colleges & University (AASCU) & Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Additionally, he is a graduate of AASCU’s New President’s Academy and is a Gamma Cohort Fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF). Faison also hold a Certification in Fundraising Management (CFRM) designation from The Fundraising School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Faison is active in several professional, civic, and social organizations and has delivered over 35 presentations and lectures at conferences and professional meeting nationwide. He has received recognition for his outstanding community and civic work by the Greenwood Commonwealth; (“Top 40 under 40” Young Professional); Mississippi Business Journal (“Top 40 under 40” nominee); and Albany State University in its inaugural publication of its “Top 50 ASU Alumni under 50.” Most recently, he was selected as one of the nation’s Top “40 Attorneys under 40” by the National Bar Association.

Faison is married to Tyciee L. White, who is a seasoned higher education administrator, educator, and ordained minister.


About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College is a small, Christian, Historically Black, urban liberal arts college that offers quality baccalaureate programs. The College strives to prepare student holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs, and an environment that emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edward Waters College seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.


JACKSONVILLE, FL – Former Chicago State University President, Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr., has been appointed as the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Magtriculant Services at Edward Waters College (EWC). Dr. Calhoun will begin serving, effective September 10, 2018, as the College’s chief enrollment management strategist and architect. He will be responsible for providing greater coordination, and analytical rigor to every phase of the overall operational recruitment, enrollment, retention, and persistence of EWC students in support of the institution’s aspirations to achieve both heightened student success and greater enrollment growth.

According to an press release by the university, as an accomplished administrator and academician with a higher education career spanning 20 plus years, Dr. Calhoun is the former President of Chicago State University and most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement at Kentucky State University. He formerly held posts as Vice President for Enrollment Management, Interim Provost, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Prior to his leadership at UNA, Dr. Calhoun served as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at the University of Washington College of Engineering.

“We are delighted to welcome such a seasoned and demonstrably effective higher education leader of the caliber of Dr. Calhoun to our venerable collegiate community here at Edward Waters College,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

“Dr. Calhoun’s high acumen and expertise in leading this very critical area of expanded focus for EWC will serve to principally enhance the development and implementation of innovative and effective support models aimed at promoting our student’s overall success leading to future enrollment growth for our institution,” President Faison continued.

As an academician and member of the faculty, Dr. Calhoun was a laboratory technician in the Biology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he taught experimental laboratory methods in molecular biology. He subsequently directed a science and technology program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and later served as principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, principal at Hales Franciscan High School, and headmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal School.

“I am inspired by President Faison’s tremendous and transformational vision for the future of Edward Waters College and an enthusiastic to join in support of his leadership,” said Calhoun. “It is equally thrilling to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with the stellar community of administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni of Edward Waters in support of the outstanding students at EWC.”

Dr. Calhoun earned his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University in Philosophy and Biology, a master’s of science degree from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Chicago, and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington.

Dr. Calhoun is an ordained itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has lectured and preached extensively around the country, and has served as associate minister at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, IL, First AME Church in Seattle, WA, Greater St. Paul AME Church in Florence, AL, and St. John AME Church in Frankfort, KY. He holds a master of divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Edward Waters College President Nat Glover announced on Wednesday (July 5) a $8.4 million investment that would bring new dorms and a community athletic field to the college’s campus.

According to News4Jax, Curry said he’s included more than $8 million in next year’s budget proposal, which he’ll unveil later this month.

The athletic facility will allow the EWC football team to play on a home field for the first time. The facility and a running track will also be available for community use.

Glover, a former sheriff of Jacksonville, said the city investment is also important because the campus is in Health Zone One, meaning, the area has a high number of incidents involving heart health, high blood pleasure and diabetes.

The field will provide a safe atmosphere for people who want to use the track and field and the new dorms will provide more suitable living conditions for students — as the current dorms do not always have working heat and air conditioning.

Glover said improving living conditions and improving the health and safety of the neighborhood are both needed.

“The big thing with me is investing in these young people, and if I’ve got students who are leaving because of dormitory facilities, then that’s a big deal,” Glover said. “I just lost a student who we may have to support down the line, and it will help with our retention rate at EWC.”

The new dorm will house 175 students.