As the 30th President of Edward Waters College, I am honored to accept this mantle as the new helm of such a historically rich institution. And in this new undertaking, I am excited to uphold the traditional values of Edward Waters College, while blazing a new trail of emerging excellence.
The vision for Edward Waters College will not emanate exclusively from my mind. It will be a collaborative vision among our constituents for progress. It must be one we all coalesce around and support. I’m committed to leading and shaping a collaborative vision with a platform and voice for every stakeholder.
I plan to do a lot of listening to students, faculty, administration, and others before I specify changes and priorities. I plan to meet with student and faculty groups and with New Town community leaders. I’ve got to do a lot of listening, learning, uncovering, and discovering.
My first priority will be improving student achievement and ensuring that Edward Waters College remains a “shining oasis of hope” to students and disadvantaged families as well as a partner in the city’s growth.
I have met with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and am looking forward to meeting with the chamber of commerce and county and regional officials, as well.
Whether you are a parent, student or member of the community, Edward Waters College welcomes you as part of our family. Again, I am both honored and excited, and I hope that you are ready to “rise” with us as we are on the brink of a new era in Tiger Nation, continuing the trajectory of making Edward Waters College an internationally renowned institution of higher learning.
Edward Waters College is emerging excellence!
A. Zachary Faison, Jr.
President and CEO
Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. is the 30th President and CEO of Edward Waters College. At age 37, Faison’s appointment as EWC’s next leader makes him the nation’s youngest sitting president & CEO of a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Faison’s career exploits include distinguished professional experiences as a higher education executive administrator, educator, and attorney. He was most recently the General Counsel & Vice President of External Affairs at Tuskegee University where he served as the university’s chief legal officer and provided principal oversight for its legislative and governmental relations functions. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Virginia Union University (VUU) in Richmond, VA where he helped lead the university in achieving increases in overall student enrollment and retention having founded the VUU College for African-American Men (VCAAM). He also previously served as Special Assistant to the President for Legal & Legislative Affairs, Community Affairs, and Economic Development at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS where he later became University Chief of Staff before being named Vice President of Institutional Advancement (interim) & Executive Director of the MVSU Foundation. Faison’s philanthropic work at MVSU yielded nearly $25 million dollars in funding to the university towards new capital projects, infrastructural improvements, and campus renovations.