Institutional Advancement


Dr. DeShanna K. Brown
Vice President for
Institutional Advancement,
Development, Marketing &
Communications
Office: (904) 470-8251

Office Location:
The Susie E. Tolbert House
1665 Pearce Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

The Office of Institutional Advancement at Edward Waters College builds understanding and support for the higher education enterprise by enhancing the College’s image, involving alumni and other constituencies in pro-active functions, and raising private gift support.

The Institutional Advancement Division’s mission is to develop support among its primary external constituencies, students, alumni, faculty and staff, trustees, parents and community leaders, the AME Church, corporate and foundation organizations, and friends for the College’s vision, goals, programs, and activities. The three central units to the College’s development enterprise are:

  • Institutional Advancement (fundraising, development services, and sponsored programs)
  • College Relations (marketing and communications), and
  • Alumni Affairs.

Alumni Advisory Council

The IA team recently established the EWC Alumni Advisory Council (AAC), in order to support the mission, values, and philosophy of EWC by building alumni engagement through support of College fundraising and by acting as ambassadors to the alumni community. 

The Council will work closely with the Institutional Advancement Team in an effort to keep all alumni active and to improve the overall alumni experience at Edward Waters College. The AAC will work to establish, maintain, and build mutually beneficial and lifelong connections among alums and, in so doing, strengthen alumni leadership as a College resource.

  • Develop high-quality programs that are relevant and beneficial to alumni
  • Increase alumni attendance and participation at College sponsored events
  • Connect alumni and students to facilitate pathways to internships and career opportunities
  • Increase alumni giving and retention
  • Build and strengthen institutional loyalty among alumni

Membership:

  • Open to all EWC alumni
  • Annual dues of $186.60
  • Financially active with a local alumni chapter
  • Applications open annually in January and close in March. Applicants will be notified of appointment in late April or early May.

Responsibilities:

  • Executive Committee members will serve one-term (4 years), but may serve a maximum of two- terms (8 years)
  • Vote in elections
  • Attend three AAC meetings (quarterly) in person or via conference call
  • Participate in alumni events and initiatives throughout the year

Current AAC Members: 

  • Dr. Gloria Pinkney, BA ’74
  • Dr. Charles Moreland, BA ’03
  • Rev. Ronald Williams, BA ’03
  • Kamu Leitner, BA ’09
  • Tomeche Low, BA ’99
  • Alyce Gresham-Bacon, BA ’18
  • James Richardson, BA ’02
  • Opal Bryant, BA ’15

Institutional Advancement Staff

M. Provan
Director of Communications, Marketing & College Relations
Office: (904) 470-8250 | Cell: (904) 314-2295

Office Location:
The Susie E. Tolbert House
1665 Pearce Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Mrs. Shauna Watts
Annual Giving & Database Mgr.
Office: (904) 470-8252

Office Location:
The Susie E. Tolbert House
1665 Pearce Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209