NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Doctor C. Reynold Verret joins Xavier from Savannah State University, where he has served since 2012 as provost and chief academic officer. He follows long-time president Dr. Norman Francis, whose retirement is effective June 30.
Dr. Verret, who's originally from Haiti, earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from M.I.T.
Dr. Verret was selected through a national search out of a pool of more than 300 candidates. It was the first time the Xavier Board of Trustees has ever selected a new president.
In 1968, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the religious order that established the university in 1925, promoted Dr. Francis as president. He was the first member of the laity, first male, and first African American head of the university.
Dr. Verret's appointment was applauded by Dr. Francis, who leaves as one of the longest serving college or university presidents in American history. Dr. Francis is retiring after more than 56 years of service to Xavier with 47 years as its president.