MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship and Scholarship Program

About the Fellowship

The Jacksonville University Master in Public Policy (MPP) Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Program Seeks to educate, train, and prepare a new generation of leadership for North Florida. The MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship includes the following:

·         A full scholarship for the MPP degree program;

·         Stipend;

·         Internship placement;

·         The opportunity to meet and learn from extraordinary civic, business, and policy leaders.

Two MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowships are awarded for each cohort, along with partial scholarships for qualified applicants. Applications for the 2024 MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowships and Scholarships are now open.  

Students who would like to apply should complete the MPP application and seek admission to the MPP program. Additionally, MPP Glover Fellow candidates submit a separate essay describing what in their background, experience, knowledge, and upbringing enables them to lead and serve the entire community of North Florida, including underserved communities.  The candidate should also submit one additional letter of recommendation discussing the individual's potential leadership role in North Florida. If awarded, recipients agree to remain and work in North Florida for 3 years following graduation.

The MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Program was founded in 2018 due to the vision and generosity of Chuck and Cami Wodehouse.  The Fellowship Program is named in honor of Dr. Nathaniel “Nat” Glover, the first and only black Sheriff elected in Florida in the 20th century.  Dr. Glover retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 2003, after two terms as sheriff and 37 years of distinguished public service in law enforcement.  He went on to serve as the 29th President of his alma mater, Edward Waters College, Florida’s first historically Black college.  

In 2016, Glover received a “Great Floridian” designation for his dedication to law enforcement, higher education, and the city of Jacksonville.  In 2021, he was inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officer’s Hall of Fame.  Dr. Glover is considered one of the greatest and most widely respected public servants in Jacksonville’s 200-year history.  

“The MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Program is a national model and has exceeded all expectations, dramatically improving the diversity and quality of the students in the MPP Program,” said Matt Kane, Chair of Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, and founding member of the MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Board of Advisors.  

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2023-2024 MPP Glover Fellows

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               Jamaal Jackson                          Bailee Porter                                               

MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Board of Advisors


Cynthia B. Chomiak

Cynthia Chomiak, CEP    

Pro-bono College and Career Coach                                                    MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation                                               

Jacksonville University Alumna, Cynthia Chomiak, is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), a designation considered the highest standard in college counseling. She has visited over 450 colleges and universities worldwide and used this expertise in her role as the former Vice-Chairperson of Jacksonville University’s Board of Trustees. Cynthia is the Pro bono College and Career Coach at the Malivai Washington Youth Foundation. The foundation is located in zip code 32209, the most poverty-stricken, violent area in Jacksonville, where she provides counseling to at-risk teens. Along with serving JU as a Board of Trustees member, Cynthia is a Legacy member of the Women’s Giving Alliance in Jacksonville and a member of the World Affairs Council.

Dr. Barbara Darby

Dr. Barbara Darby

President, Florida State College of Jacksonville North Campus (Retired)

Dr. Barbara Ann Darby retired as president of the North Campus and the Nassau Center of Florida State College at Jacksonville in July 2015. She has held this position since 1998. Dr. Darby received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hunter College in New York, a Master of Education degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. She received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and immediate past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He has been active in APTA for more than 25 years, serving in multiple leadership roles, including Chair, Vice Chair of the Management and Finance Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

Rachael Tutwiler-Fortune

President, Jacksonville Public Education Fund

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune is President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, an independent think-and-do tank that advances effective ideas for student success. Her career spans national and local roles, including at the United States Department of Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Oakland Unified School District, Teach for America, and S.P. Livingston Elementary School in Duval County. Rachael holds a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida. She also serves on the Baptist Health System Board of Directors. 

The Honorable Nathaniel Glover Jr.

The Honorable Nathaniel Glover Jr.

Former President of Edward Waters College; former Jacksonville Sheriff

The Honorable Nathaniel (Nat) Glover serves as an advisor on the Master in Public Policy Minority Fellowship board. Previously, he served as Sheriff of Jacksonville from 1995–2003, after serving in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office since 1966. Later, he served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2011 to 2018.

Mark L. Griffin



Mark L. Griffin

Pastor and Chief Executive Officer, Wayman Ministries

Pastor Griffin founded Wayman Community Development Corporation (1995), and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He served as a Board Member of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools; Past President of the United Community Outreach Ministries, Inc.; Past President of the A.M.E. Church, East Conference Ministerial Alliance; Catholic Charities of Jacksonville, JCCI, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Brenda Priestly Jackson

President, Direct Education Forward, Inc.

Brenda Priestly Jackson is currently the President of Direct Education Forward, Inc. (DEF), an education foundation that assists high school athletes with NCAA eligibility, high school graduation and college and university enrollment and completion.

Matthew Kane

Javon Knight, MPP

Matthew Kane

Owner, Greenshades Software, Inc.; Jacksonville University Board of Trustees

Jacksonville University Alumnus, Matthew Kane is a founder, board member, and former co-CEO (2005–2019) of Greenshades Software. Additionally, he is a founder, board member, and former CEO (2014–2018) of Welltality. Matt is an active member of the Jacksonville community, serving as Chairman and Board Member of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (2012–2017), Executive Board Member of the Jacksonville Civic Council (since 2015), Vice Chairman of the STEM2 Hub of NE FL (since 2015), and Board Member of the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees.

Javon Knight, MPP

Policy Associate, Husch Blackwell

Javon Knight earned his Master in Public Policy in May 2020, where his policy interests in affordable housing, public transportation, and economic development informed his research on chronic homelessness in Florida. Knight is a distinguished young professional. He's served as the inaugural minority fellow within the Public Policy Institute, a nationwide fellow and legislative assistant for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network Millennial Cohort, as well as a member of the district office of U.S. Representative Al Lawson. Knight is currently a Policy Associate at Husch Blackwell Strategies and serves as the founding Community Engagement and Partnership Chair of the Public Policy Alumni Network. Knight is connected with local, state, and federal policy communities and is a champion of several social justice initiatives through public Policy Advocacy.

Dr. Charles E. Moreland


Dr. Charles E. Moreland

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, City of Jacksonville

Dr. Charles E. Moreland is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a 28-year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, District and Battalion Chief, Division Chief of Rescue in 2003). He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Edward Waters College (2003), Masters in Public Administration (2006) and a Doctorate of Education (2009), both from Nova Southeastern University.

Charles Wodehouse

Charles Wodehouse

President, CSX Technology, Inc. (Retired); Senior Vice President, CSXTransportation (Retired); former Jacksonville University Trustee

Mr. Wodehouse is a retired President of CSX Technology, Inc., and Senior Vice President of CSX Transportation. He is the former Vice President and Controller of CSX Transportation; he is the former Vice President of Audit & Advisory​ Services, CSX Corporation; and he is the former Audit Manager, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, CPA’s.