Office of the President

Presidential Tenure

Since President Verret has taken the helm of the university, we've accomplished a number of things our entire university community can be very proud of:

  • We have seen consistent growth of incoming Freshman over these four years, peaking most recently in the Fall of 2018 with a 20% growth of incoming first year students in the fall semester of 2018; boosting Xavier's overall enrollment to its highest level in 8 years.
  • But even more importantly we have also seen consistent increases in our student retention and matriculation rates:  A 3% increase in first to second year retention. 
  • As New Orleans is a laboratory for innovation in K-12 Public Education, we developed a strategic alliance with local public schools to serve as a pipeline for African American teachers, as well as created a Doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
  • We’ve expanded our partnership with Ochsner Health Systems, who we have had a symbiotic relationship with our College of Pharmacy since the 1980’s, to include another clinical learning experience and to be the first HBCU in the south to launch a new Xavier Physician Assistant program. 
  • Over the last few years we have substantially expanded the institution's program offerings and continue to do so, at the undergraduate and graduate level. These include non-degree certificate programs as well. 
  •  Xavier is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” 2018-19 college guide. 
  • We've secured a $1.5 million gift from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation. 
  • Xavier was one of the premiere HBCUs to be chosen for scholarships from Beyoncé, Google, and Kevin Hart. 
  • Despite Xavier’s relatively small size of 3,300 students, we continue to be the nationally recognized leader in the STEM and the health sciences, producing more African American students who graduate from medical schools each year than any other university in the United States. 
  • Founded the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana, a vibrant and critical research, teaching, and public engagement space. 
  • Xavier took a lead role in organizing a coalition of HBCUs across the Gulf Coast and among a bipartisan congressional delegation to work with Congress and the US Department of Education to receive loan forgiveness for over $388 million in post Hurricane Katrina and Rita disaster funding. For us and our partner institutions, the loans were an existential threat and could have wreaked operational havoc. The loan forgiveness was a huge burden off all affected HBCUs backs. Based partly on that, as well as other strategic initiatives and enrollment growth, Xavier is in a good financial position -- and Xavier can now address important institutional needs, such as housing, to meet our growing enrollment rate.

Given our current success and a myriad of other accomplishments, we are very confident about the future of the institution as we enter our 95th anniversary.