The President of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville will be stepping down.
Thursday Dr. Nat Glover announced he will retire as president after securing an $8.5 million investment in the college in Jacksonville's 2017 - 2018 budget, which was approved by City Council Tuesday night.
In an email to WJCT News from the college, Glover said, “Retirement is a strong word. I plan to remain connected to EWC. I think this is the appropriate time to look at the transition of the College. I will remain as close as the incoming President would want me to be. I will remain engaged. I am still here until May of 2018. I still have work to do. And, I look forward to doing it.”
The $8.5 million will revitalize a community-accessible athletic field that will hold 2,800 seats and rehabilitate the oldest aging student dormitory on campus, Tiger Landing.
The city's investment in the historically black college is also expected to benefit the surrounding New Town area. The college is home to the EWC Center for Criminal Justice and Forensic Science and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Zone 5 Substation.
Glover told our News4Jax partner that the search has already begun for his replacement.
Glover is the 29th President of EWC and an alumnus of the college. He was also the first elected African American Sheriff of Jacksonville.