Updated: 6/4/2015 11:33 AM CST
Listen here to an interview with Dr. Norman C. Francis, president of the University. This interview aired on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Xavier University of Louisiana, located in New Orleans, La., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for June.
In 1915, Xavier was established as a high school by St. Katharine Drexel of Philadelphia and her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious community dedicated to the education of African Americans and Native Americans. A four-year college program was added in 1925.
Xavier University (XU) is the only historically Black, Catholic University in the United States. XU’s other distinctions include the University being ranked first nationally in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in both the biological/life sciences and the physical sciences; the College of Pharmacy is among the nation’s top three producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients; and XU ranks first in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school.
The president of the University is Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52. His 47 years as president makes him the longest tenured college president in the United States. He has had achievements such as expanding the campus, more than doubling its enrollment, and broadening its curriculum.
On June 2, the Foundation partnered with XU for its annual Give. Love. Xavier Day #GLXU15. This online, social media-driven fundraising event encouraged alumni and friends to come together for one day to show their support for the University with financial contributions. The theme was, “Thank You, Dr. Francis”, in honor of his retirement. The donor goal for this year’s campaign was 2,470 individuals. The goal was exceeded with 2,711 donors with $441,981 raised. During the rest of the month, we will continue to help raise funds to support the University and its students.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
Notable alumni include: Dr. Marie McDemmond, first female president of Norfolk State University; Alvin J. Boutte, founder and CEO of Indecorp, the largest Black-owned financial institution in the U.S.; Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General – appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009; and General Bernard Randolph (retired, USAF),only the third African-American to reach the rank of four-star general in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.