Position Details

The Board of Trustees announces the search for the 30th President of Edward Waters College and invites nominations and applications for distinctive candidates to advance the institution’s historical legacy. Founded in 1866, Edward Waters College (EWC) is the State of Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning, as well as the state's first institution established for the education of African Americans.

Edward Waters College is a small, private, Christian, historically black, urban, liberal arts college that offers quality baccalaureate degree programs. The college strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually, stimulating programs and an environment which emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edward Waters College seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity.

The next president of Edward Waters College will have an opportunity to build on the college’s 151-year legacy of achievement in the Jacksonville community. Affirming and sustaining a strong and positive relationship with the African Methodist Episcopal Church is essential. The next president of Edward Waters College will be a creative, inspiring and thoughtful leader who can give strong articulation to the essential values of liberal arts education in the context of the professional preparation of the next generation of leaders. Given Edward Waters College’s affiliation with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the president will be expected to align with and affirm Christian values.

Application, Nominations, and Inquiries

If you know an individual who is ready and qualified for this challenging opportunity, please share this information with him or her. If you have any personal interest in exploring this position or learning more about it, we would be delighted to discuss this position with you in strict confidence.  You are welcome to send the names of possible candidates to the e-mail below and we will contact prospective candidates directly.

A letter of interest, CV and reference sheet with the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five references, can be sent to: To ensure consideration, these materials should be received by December 28, 2017. Nominations are also welcome.

Please visit the Position Profile for more information about this position. Additional information about Edward Waters College is available at:

Search Committee Contact: Dr. Bruce Taylor of Edward Waters College. Presidential Search Committee Chair and Board of Trustee Member. Email:

This search is being assisted by:

Loren J. Anderson, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant. Email:

Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Executive Search Consultant. Email:

Equal Opportunity Employment has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at the College, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, creed, gender identity, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic by law. This policy applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. Questions or concerns should be referred to the Human Resources Office. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and complete employment eligibility verification paperwork.