Dr. Nathaniel Glover, Jr.
On April 11, 1995, Dr. Nathaniel Glover made history by being elected as the first African American Sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years and the first African American Sheriff in the history of Jacksonville. He served for two terms and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on June 30, 2003. Currently, he serves as the 29th President of Edward Waters College, Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Glover was born and raised in Jacksonville and is a product of the Duval County Public School system. He is married to Doris J. Bailey and they have two children, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Dr. Glover is also a product of Edward Waters College where he earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science. He later earned the Master’s Degree in Education from the University of North Florida. In addition, Dr. Glover is a graduate of the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the 1989 class of Leadership Jacksonville and the 2016 Leadership Florida Class IX. He has received outstanding alumnus awards from Edward Waters College, the University of North Florida and Leadership Jacksonville in addition to being awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree by Edward Waters College and the University of North Florida.
Dr. Glover’s career in law enforcement started with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on November 12, 1966. In 1969, he became an investigator in the Detective Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974 and headed the Police Hostage Negotiation Team from 1975 to 1986. He served as Chief of Services from 1986 to 1988, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Police Services. In 1991, he was named Director of Police Services, one of the top three positions in the Department. During his first term in the Office as Sheriff, he donated $240,000 of his pension benefits to a college scholarship fund for deserving low-income children in the Jacksonville community. After his retirement from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office he became a special advisor to University of North Florida President John Delaney. His role at UNF was to promote higher education, college recruitment, and drop-out prevention. During this time, Dr. Glover also served on the Edward Waters College Board of Trustees.
In 1999, Dr. Glover was awarded the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for “his untiring efforts to combat crime through community involvement and to effect positive changes in the criminal justice system.” In 2003 he served as co-chair and then chair of Mayor John Peyton’s Transition Team, after opposing him as a run-off candidate in a heated mayoral race.
Dr. Glover received the Liberty Bell Award from the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Law and Spirituality Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild. He is also a past recipient of the Jacksonville Jewish Community’s Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the Jacksonville NAACP, Sallye B. Mathis Award for outstanding community service. The Mental Health Association of Northeast Florida presented Dr. Glover with the Community Service Award and the Arthritis Foundation selected him as the Community Leader of the Year 2002. Dr. Glover has also been chosen to participate in the White House Leadership Conference on Youth Drug Use and Violence and received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of being the most outstanding initiate of the Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi for the first 50 years.
In May 2010, Dr. Glover was asked to serve in the role of Interim President of Edward Waters College and on February 12, 2011 he accepted the charge presented to him by the Board of Trustees to serve as the College’s 29th President. During his tenure as President, Dr. Glover has been one of four presidents nominated for Best Male HBCU President of the year by HBCU Digest for two years in a row. June 30, 2015 was declared Nat Glover Day in the city of Jacksonville and on March 8, 2016 he was the recipient of the Junior Achievement Thompson S. Baker “Solid as a Rock” award in recognition of his dedication to bettering our community through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. Most recently, he was recognized by the City Council of Jacksonville for his Distinguished Career in Public Service on November 9, 2016 and received the “Great Floridian Award” from Governor Rick Scott on May 10, 2016.
In addition to Dr. Glover’s professional career, he continues to be involved in community service activities. He is President Pro-Tempore of the Board of Trustees at St. Stephen AME Church, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Brotherhood of Police Officers and a Rotary Club member with the distinction of being a Paul Harris Fellow. He serves on several boards including The Jacksonville Civic Council, The Jax Chamber Board of Directors, The Florida Association for Colleges and Universities, New Town Success Zone, UF Health-Jacksonville, Habijax, The Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation Advisory Council, Tiger Academy, One Jax Advisory Council, The Bridge of Northeast Florida and Take Stock in Children (Emeritus). Dr. Glover also serves on the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Middle District Conference for the 114th Congressional Term and was the 2016-2017 President of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.