Jacksonville, FL – Edward Waters College (EWC) is taking significant steps to enhance its living and learning environment for students that reside on its campus. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, the College unveiled and dedicated the new Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall located at 1780 Pearce Street.
“We look forward to welcoming our students to this state-of-the-art residential facility,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., president and CEO of Edward Waters College. “It is a special day for us all to recognize Bishop Richardson, chairman of the board of trustees of Edward Waters College, and, his wife, Supervisor Connie Richardson, for all that they do for the College, the 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Jacksonville. None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support from the City of Jacksonville and our outstanding relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry.”
In late 2019, the College broke ground on a comprehensive $4.4 million renovation of its largest student residence facility due to a special partnership with the City of Jacksonville. The newly renovated Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall has 176 beds and includes new furnishings throughout the entire facility including a computer lab, lounge and study areas and high-speed internet. The apartment-style units are outfitted with a furnished common area, bathroom furnishings and kitchenette. A courtyard has been created with greenery and other features for the students to enjoy.
“Edward Waters College is a vital part of Jacksonville and a key part of who we are as a community,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “The stronger this college is, the stronger our city is. I am proud of my administration’s smart investments in EWC and Richardson Hall to strengthen this historic institution, surrounding neighborhood and our community as a whole.”
“My wife and I are extremely grateful to the board of trustees for this extraordinary honor,” said Bishop Alan J. Richardson. He thanked Mayor Curry and stated “This investment will have a lasting impact not only for EWC but also for the curb appeal in New Town.” The Bishop recognized Dr. Faison and said “Your leadership has been phenomenal. We are seeing the evidence of your ambitious agenda and we are the beneficiaries of your energy, of your intellect and organizational acumen.”
“Having the opportunity to live on-campus provides critical thinking, cultural competency, conflict resolution, leadership and a sense of community which are all critical components of interpersonal development for our students,” said Dr. Faison. “The Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall will provide an opportunity for our students to experience high-quality, apartment-style living, as well as assist us in our recruitment and retention efforts of new and returning Tigers while continuously enhancing our local community.”
About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.