On July 16, 2018, the Edward Waters College (EWC) Board of Trustees, unanimously elected A. Zachary Faison, Jr. as the 30th president of EWC in Jacksonville, Florida. President Faison is a visionary and prolific higher education leader having set an audacious vision for EWC as a destination institution of Emerging Eminence. He has led in the development and implementation of an exceptional strategic plan and agenda for the institution, titled Eminence 2025.
Under the leadership of President Faison, the institution has undergone a dynamic and historic transition being authorized in June 2021 by its accrediting body the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)— to move from a baccalaureate to master’s level degree-granting entity, thereby ascending after 155 years from Edward Waters College (EWC) to Edward Waters University (EWU).
The inauguration of A. Zachary Faison, Jr., J.D. as the First President, and CEO of Edward Waters University, marks a historic milestone achievement in the history of the institution. The investiture ceremony will be held, Friday, November 4, 2022, on the campus of EWU at 10:00 a.m. With a distinguished higher education lineage spanning over 50 years, EWU is primed to continue its Emerging Eminence as a premier urban, private, Christian, Historically Black, liberal arts university offering high-quality academic programs. Founded in 1866 by members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), Edward Waters University is distinctively the state of Florida’s first independent institution of higher learning and Florida’s first institution established for the education of African Americans.
We invite your support and sponsorship of this historic and memorable occasion for the Inauguration of A. Zachary Faison, Jr., J.D. as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of Edward Waters University. Proceeds from the Inauguration will be used to support EWU student scholarships.
Enclosed is the Inauguration Sponsorship Package which showcases the available sponsorship opportunities. Please join us in this auspicious occasion, while supporting today’s students in their academic pursuits and are tomorrow’s leaders. Our success depends on alumni and friends like you who are committed to “Emerging Eminence.”