Press Release for Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Former Jacksonville Sheriff Awarded UNF Honorary Doctorate
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nathaniel Glover Jr., president of Edward Waters College and a University of North Florida alumnus, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University Friday, Dec. 12, during the 10 a.m. fall commencement ceremony, when nearly 1,100 degrees will be handed out at the UNF Arena, Building 34.
“Nat has a wealth of experience as a community leader with a vision and passion and has worked tirelessly to forge collaborations in Northeast Florida to help encourage Jacksonville’s youth towards a path of success for themselves and the community,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “The University is honored to bestow this degree upon Nat for his decades of service in law enforcement and education.”
Glover made history by being elected as the first African-American sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years. He served for two terms and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 2003. Currently, he serves as the 29th president of Edward Waters College, Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning.
He began his law enforcement career with JSO in 1969 and rose through the ranks to director of Police Services in 1991, one of the top three positions in the department before serving as sheriff. After retirement, Glover became a special adviser to Delaney in 2006. His role at the University was to promote higher education, college recruitment and drop-out prevention. He also served as a special envoy for education to Florida State College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College.
In partnership with FSCJ, Edward Waters College and Jacksonville University, Glover played a crucial role in furthering the success of The Jacksonville Commitment, a program which aspires to identify, recruit and retain low-income students from the Jacksonville area and provide scholarship opportunities for those students to attend any of the four Duval County higher education institutions.
In 2010, Glover assumed the role of interim president of Edward Waters College and was named the 29th president by the Board of Trustees Feb. 12, 2011.His goal is to lead the college down a path of excellence and growth so that it may become a globally respected institution of higher learning for holistically educating and molding the future leaders of the world.
He has received numerous awards, including 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; the Liberty Bell Award from the Jacksonville Bar Association; the Law and Spirituality Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild; Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by the Jacksonville Jewish Community and the Sallye B. Mathis Award for outstanding community service from the Jacksonville Branch NAACP, to name a few.
Glover graduated from Edward Waters College with a bachelor’s degree in social science and later earned a Master of Education degree from UNF. Glover is a graduate of the 130th session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the 1989 class of Leadership Jacksonville. In 1995, Edward Waters College also presented him with an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree.
The ceremony for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the College of Arts and Sciences will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony for the College of Education and Human Services, the Brooks College of Health and the Coggin College of Business at 2 p.m. All ceremonies will be held at the UNF Arena.
The University expects to award a total of 1,062 bachelor’s degrees, 210 master’s degrees and 10 doctorates this term. Including the fall 2014 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 66,206 bachelor’s degrees, 17,249 master’s degrees and 362 doctorates since first opening its doors in 1972.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.