Glover ready to 'pass baton' of Edward Waters College presidency

Former Jacksonville sheriff helped pull HBCU out of troubled days

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eight years after taking the helm of one of the nation's oldest historically black colleges, the man who pulled Edward Waters College from the proverbial brink is ready to see what's next.

Dr. Nat Glover, who previously served 37 years in a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office uniform, is retiring as president of EWC.

“My internal clock tells me it’s time to pass the baton,” Glover said. “And when that happens, the past has indicated to me that I need to listen to that.”

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Glover was elected Jacksonville's first black sheriff in 1995.

As the top cop in the city, Glover's mission was to pull troubled children from the abyss of crime and help them focus on an education that would lead them toward a brighter future. 

As a college president, Glover's challenge from the start was strengthening the school’s foundation and transforming the college's culture.

“Graduation rates have always been a big deal in higher education, and we’ve been able to elevate that to a level more than 100 percent,” Glover said. “When you look at the student-centric culture that we were able to implement, that’s a big deal as well.”

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