A Tribute to Norman C. Francis
At the beginning of this academic year, Dr. Norman C. Francis announced that he will be retiring after 47 years as the president of Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Francis’ life has been dedicated to service, and he has had a profound impact on Xavier, New Orleans, and the nation.
Under Dr. Francis’ leadership, Xavier has soared to higher levels of achievement and excellence. Amongst its many accolades, the historically Black university ranks first in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African American students in biology, chemistry, physics, and the physical sciences and in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school.
To commemorate and honor Dr. Francis’ legacy, the Xavier family is hosting a series of tribute events in cities across the country. Funds raised will be dedicated to the Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Fund will help young people, who may not otherwise have the means to, attend Xavier University and expand the opportunity for students to achieve their dreams of success and excellence. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Francis and ensuring his legacy carries on far into the future, improving the lives of many more generations of students.