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Dr. C. Reynold Verret to Succeed Dr. Norman Francis as Xavier University President

Xavier University of Louisiana announced today that it has unanimously elected Dr. C. Reynold Verret as the university's next president. Dr. Verret stood out for his proven leadership and experience expanding enrollment and increasing graduation rates. His record of achievement, personal history, and values set him apart as the clear choice for the post. Dr. Verret is joining Xavier from Savannah State University where he has served as provost and chief academic officer since 2012. Dr. Verret is uniquely qualified by his experience, education, and values to advance Xavier's mission. (PRNewsFoto/Xavier University of Louisiana)

Xavier University’s Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. C. Reynold Verret as the institution’s next president. Verrett will succeed retiring president Dr. Norman Francis, who will end his 47 year tenure as the university’s president in June. Verret was previously the provost and chief academic officer of Savannah State University and has served in various capacities at a host of universities including Tulane University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Wilkes University and Clark Atlanta University.

Xavier officials praise Verret’s work to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and research throughout his career and his emphasis on inter-disciplinary pursuits between liberal arts, humanities and sciences.

Francis celebrated his successor’s appointment saying, “I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Verret to Xavier. I have complete confidence that the Board of Trustees made a wise decision, and I know that Dr. Verret will carry on the mission and values of this institution far into the future.”

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament President Sister Patricia Suchalski echoed Francis’ thoughts. “The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament celebrate the appointment of Dr. C. Reynold Verret. We are confident that the depth and breadth of his experience as well as his appreciation of Xavier’s unique mission and Catholic identity have well prepared him to be its next great president,” said Suchalski.

Although Francis’ official last day as president is June 30, Xavier officials have welcomed his continued involvement in the school’s affairs after he retires.

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