Nat Glover is preparing to step down as president of Edward Waters College.
In an Action News Jax exclusive, Glover sat down with Paige Kelton to talk about his decision.
There isn't much Glover hasn't been involved with in Jacksonville, from leading EWC to his time as sheriff, this is the end of an era.
Glover steered Florida's oldest historically black college through early scandal to where it now sits, on firm ground.
This week, the perfect final success for President Glover: a more than $8 million investment by the city in the college he both leads and loves. Seven years ago, Glover was asked to become president of EWC and his wife asked a question.
"She asked did I know how to do that and I had to hold that question for a while. After two years, when I learned the plays and the players I went home and told her sweetheart, ‘I got this,’" Glover said.
And he did, after overcoming accreditation issues, Glover lead a revival at EWC, increasing its enrollment and standing in the community.
His relationships helping this week to win an $8.4 million investment in the college by the city of Jacksonville.
"The money is a big deal, but the message that it sends as it relates to this institution is a bigger deal," Glover said.
Before taking the helm of his alma matter glover was Jacksonville’s first black sheriff in a century, leading the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and this community through its triumphs and tragedies.
Glover revealed to Kelton on Thursday his plans to step down at the end of his contract in May of next year.
Kelton asked Glover, "Why now?"
"It was the same thing when I was sheriff after two terms,” Glover said. "I decided it was time and I decided and I decided to run for mayor and you know how that came out, but it was just me knowing when the time came."
"Anyone who knows Nat Glover knows you never tire. What’s next?” Kelton asked.
"I think it will be me lending whatever emotional resources and personal resources to EWC and stay involved as possible," Glover said.
His community involvement also continues. Glover was just appointed by State Attorney Melissa Nelson to her newly created juvenile justice advisory board...
EWC has hired a search firm to find its next president. Glover will step down in May 2018.
Watch Paige Kelton's full conversation with Nat Glover next on CBS47 Action News Jax.
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