Edward Waters College (EWC) is the oldest independent institution of higher education in Florida, the first historically black college, and a vital pillar of our community. Today, we unveiled an investment in its future with new and improved student housing.
Earlier today, I was honored to join Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., president and CEO of EWC, Bishop Adam J. Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees, members of City Council, and EWC students, faculty, and staff to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated and renamed Bishop Adam J. and Connie S. Richardson Hall.
I am proud of my administration’s investments in this college and this project. My 2017-2018 Budget included $4.4 million to help improve student housing, to not only strengthen EWC, but the surrounding neighborhoods as well.
This is a smart investment in an established and valuable community asset, and it was the right thing to do. The stronger this college is, the stronger the Jacksonville is.
I am grateful to President Fiason and his staff, the Board of Trustees, student body, faculty, building contractors, and members of the community who continue to invest in and strengthen this important anchor of the Jacksonville community.