Edward Waters College, located in Jacksonville, Florida, is the oldest historically Black institution of higher education in the state. Edward Waters College is a four-year liberal arts, co-educational institution, and is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The College is governed by a Board of Trustees and each member serves a three-year term. The current composition of the board consists of one student, one faculty representative, and six lay persons. The remainder of the board is comprised of representatives from the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church from the Jacksonville, Florida area, the state of Florida, and the southeastern United States.

The Presiding Bishop of the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees selects the president to guide Edward Waters College and carry out its mission. In addition, the President employs the Provost and four Vice Presidents (Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business and Finance, and Institutional Advancement) to assist with planning and implementation. Further guidance comes from the President's Senior Staff including the Provost, Vice Presidents, Associate Provost, Director of Human Resources, Athletic Director, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness, Director of Security and Institutional Technology, and Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance. The Senior Staff meets weekly to plan and discuss issues regarding teaching, research and community development.