A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

A. Zachary Faison, Jr. is currently employed as President & CEO of Edward Waters College (EWC) in Jacksonville, FL, the first independent institution of higher education and first Historically Black College/University (HBCU), in the State of Florida. As one of black higher education’s most prominent and emerging leaders Faison became the nation’s youngest President of an HBCU when at age 37 he was unanimously selected by the EWC Board of Trustees in April 2018. 

Faison most recently served as General Counsel & Vice President of External Affairs at the historic Tuskegee University after having served as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Virginia Union University (VUU) where he founded the VUU College for African-American Men.

Additionally, Faison served as Chief of Staff at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) before later being named Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Executive Director of the MVSU Foundation. His philanthropic work at MVSU yielded unprecedented outcomes where he led in garnering nearly $25 million dollars in external funding to the university.  

Faison graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albany State University (ASU) having earned a Bachelor of Arts in English as a Presidential Scholar before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law where he was a member of the Executive Moot Court Board & Moot Court team. Faison completed post-doctoral study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management and was a Millennium Leadership Fellow of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities. He holds the Certification in Fundraising Management from The Fundraising School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He has been blissfully married for ten years to the former Tyciee L. White who is an ordained minister and higher education administrator.