EWC Names Greg Ruffin As Tigers Head Football Coach

Edward Waters College (EWC) named Coach Greg Ruffin as the Head Football Coach on December 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the Adams- Jenkins Community Sports & Music Center.

Ruffin comes to Edward Waters from Bethune-Cookman University of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), where he spent this past season (2017) as Tight Ends Coach. Prior to his time at BCU, he spent one season as head coach at Texas College in 2016. He also has experience in building programs from the ground up as he was named head coach for Paine College in the school’s resurgence of football in 2013, after the program was dormant for more than 50 years, and Shaw University in 2002 where he revived that program after a 23-year hiatus, guiding the Bears to a 7-3 record in his lone season in Raleigh, N. C.

Today, Ruffin stated during the press conference, “We’re gonna take this program and enhance it…move the program forward.  This is the right place for me, and I look forward to taking this program to the next level!”

He also has coaching experience from Texas Southern University, Jackson State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Lincoln University, and Lane College.

Ruffin holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lane College, where he was a member of the football program as fullback, as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Sports Administration from Jackson State University.

President Glover Announces Retirement

President of Edward Waters College Announces Retirement and Acquires $8.5 million as part of His Legacy.


JACKSONVILLE, FL – On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the City of Jacksonville City Council voted to approve an $8.5 million Safe Neighborhood investment for Edward Waters College in the blighted area of the northwest portion of Jacksonville. The City’s 2017-18 budget will take effect on October 1, 2017 and will include the Edward Waters College Community Revitalization Project. This funding will provide support for an Athletic Community Field, male dormitory, and safety improvements and infrastructure enhancements at Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning.

College President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover stated, “This is a long-awaited and much needed investment in the northwest area of the City and its oldest institution of higher education. Edward Waters College is a resonating symbol of the history of our great City. This investment will bring safety and increased benefits to the New Town Success Zone and Health Zone 1 that includes the highest health, safety, and education disparities. I am ever so grateful for the Mayor’s recognition of Edward Waters and for the support of Council President Anna Brosche as well as the support of the members of the City Council.”

Dr. Glover approached Mayor Lenny Curry to request support for two challenges he felt were impeding the growth and progress of the College. Dormitory conditions resulting in mold and unhealthy environments were affecting recruitment and retention efforts. The long-time absence of an on-campus athletic field required the college to leave its campus and community for football games, played at local high schools. This void which robs the school of a home-spirited atmosphere, as expressed by Glover, also prevents the community from embracing and accessing the campus.

The $8.5 million will revitalize a community-accessible athletic field that will hold 3000 seats and rehabilitate the oldest aging student dormitory on campus, Tiger Landing. The rehabilitation to the largest dormitory housing 176 students is not only an investment in the College and its students, but an investment in the surrounding community by encouraging renovation of the existing NW properties. By providing critical upgraded facilities and deficiencies, the positive impact on students and the neighborhood will immediately provide the heartbeat in the nucleus of the New Town Success Zone, home to the EWC Center for Criminal Justice and Forensic Science and JSO Zone 5 Substation.

With an investment in Edward Waters College students and the surrounding New Town area, the Community Revitalization Project will improve the quality of resources and vitality for EWC and the surrounding neighborhood in the core of the City.

It is a great capstone to an already successful career, to receive $8.5 million from the City of Jacksonville, adding to his monumental professions in law enforcement and higher education.   President Nathaniel Glover, who is the 29th President of EWC, who was the first elected African American Sheriff of Jacksonville, and who was the first elected African American sheriff in Florida since the end of Reconstruction. Glover is not only President, but a proud alumnus of EWC.

And today, President Glover announced his retirement as President, and he is elated to end his career on this high note. When asked of his retirement, Glover stated, “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 in-coming 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.”


EWC is Proud!!!

The Edward Waters College Campus Community is proud. Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted at 6:49 a.m. this morning (September 27, 2017) stating the budget has passed to include investment in Edward Waters College! Go Tigers! See Mayor Curry’s tweet below:


Sept. 30 Moodle and Canvas Training

Edward Waters College

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (C.E.T.L.)

Moodle and Canvas Training

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Moodle Training – 10:00 AM

Canvas Training – 11:00 AM

Hatcher Stewart Building – Room 105

Light refreshments will be provided.

All new freshman and transfer students are required to attend. 

All classifications are welcome.