Edward Waters College picks new president

Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. selected as 30th president

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new president has been named to lead Edward Waters College, taking over the helm of Jacksonville's 150-year-old historically black college from Dr. Nat Glover.

The college announced Wednesday that after a long, nationwide search, the board of trustees had selected Dr. A. Zachary Faison, currently general counsel at Tuskegee University, as the college's 30th president.

Faison is a former state prosecutor and assistant district attorney in Georgia and previously worked at EWC as director of external relations and leadership gifts.

“He’s a really great young man, but well-seasoned in higher education,” Bruce Taylor, chairman of the EWC presidential search committee, told the newspaper. “He’s a very bright guy, with very good intellect and judgment. I think he will really be a strong president and will move the college forward in the right direction.”

Faison and a second finalist, Said Sewell, a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, spent two days on the campus last month to meet with students, alumni search committee members and the board of trustees.

Glover is stepping down after seven years to start a motivational speaking business.

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