Edward Waters College Nearing End Of Presidential Search

Mar 19, 2018

Candidates for the top job at Jacksonville’s only historically black college will meet with students and faculty Wednesday.

Edward Waters College has named the two finalists to replace outgoing President Nat Glover.

Glover is stepping down after seven years at the helm of the 150 year-old college.

The presidential search committee has narrowed the candidate pool to two finalists: Zachary Faison is a lawyer in Tuskegee University’s office of general counsel and a graduate of Albany State University.

The second candidate is Said Sewell, a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Lincoln University.

Despite his credentials, Sewell’s background isn’t scandal free. In 2016 he was named in a whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer Kent State University and was accused of removing two Lincoln University deans without following established rules, the Fulton Sun reported.

A packed day is planned Wednesday for the two hopefuls, beginning with a breakfast forum with department chairs and cabinet staff and ending with a forum open to the student body.

The candidates will also meet with search committee members and alumni. And on Thursday both candidates are scheduled to meet with the Board of Trustees.

Calls to the college were not returned by this story’s deadline.

Ryan Benk can be reached at rbenk@wjct.org, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RyanMichaelBenk.