$750,000 Schlieder Grant to Renovate the Campus of Xavier University of Louisiana


[Dallas,TX – January 6th, 2015]

Xavier Receives $750,000 Schlieder Grant for Campus Renovation

Xavier University of Louisiana has received a three-year $750,000 grant from the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation for capital improvements to the campus. Xavier is currently in the second of a four-phase process for transforming its aging six-story building at 989 South Jefferson Davis Parkway – officially designated Xavier South – which houses classrooms, academic departments, faculty offices, and administrative offices.

“We are grateful to the Schlieder Educational Foundation for its generous gift to our Xavier South Transformation Project,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis

Built in 1950, the six-story, 123,000 square foot structure originally housed the offices of the Humble Oil Company and was later sold to South Central Bell (AT&T). During that time it also housed the Wise Cafeteria for 39 years. Two years ago a major renovation plan was deemed necessary to make the aging building – today a critical component of campus activities – a safe and worthy of the essential functions it houses. To date, completed and ongoing renovations include an interior moisture mitigation and exterior building renovation, including replacing the windows and waterproofing of the exterior.

It is estimated the total cost of the renovation will reach $6.2 million.

About Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, co-educational institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts program and professional programs, including 38 undergraduate majors, five master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program.  Xavier is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States and draws students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Guam,  the Virgin Islands and 7 foreign countries.a

Xavier University of Louisiana will be the Tom Joyner Foundation June 2015 School of the Month . Stay tuned for more details about their campaign.


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Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.