Jacksonville, Fla. — Edward Waters College President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover, Jr., has removed the interim tag from Stanley B. Cromartie and has promoted him to be the new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. With his appointment, Cromartie becomes the eighth full-time Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in EWC history.
A 1990 graduate of EWC, Cromartie “came home” to his alma mater in 2010 where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director in charge of day-to-day operations under former Athletic Director Johnny Rembert. “Cro” as he is known around the EWC community has been instrumental in revitalizing and re-energizing students, alumni, & fans of Edward Waters to be passionate in their support of the athletics programs. “I am honored and humbled to accept this position as the Athletic Director at Edward Waters College.” said Cromartie. “This institution gave me my degree and I have a responsibility to give back and take this program to even higher heights.”
He has also been key in bringing unprecedented revenue to the athletic department with fundraising efforts such as the annual Athletic Department Gala, which has featured keynote speakers such as NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green and Rev. Cecil Newton, Sr., the father of NFL All-Pro quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. Cromartie also helped engineer two of the biggest paydays for the football program with guarantee games against Alcorn State in 2013 and Tennessee State in 2014 ($65,000 for ASU & $75,000 for TSU) and has also worked deals to make Under Armour an official outfitter of Tigers athletics.
Academically, Edward Waters student-athletes have made record breaking strides under Cromartie’s leadership. In 2016-17, EWC student-athletes finished with a combined 3.16 grade-point average, one of the highest combined GPA’s in program history. In 2016, football student-athlete Sean Adkison was named Salutatorian while in women’s track & field athlete Ariane Vitale and baseball student-athlete Alberto Rivera were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively for the Class of 2017. For the past two school years, EWC has led the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference with the highest number of student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and has several student-athletes who have received national academic honors as well.
“I have always said that our program is the best kept secret in America.” Cromartie continued. “Now, it’s my job along with all of those who support Tiger Nation to not keep this secret to ourselves and continue to do all that we can to ensure that this is the best athletic department in the country.”