Presidential Vision and Strategic Principles

Since joining Xavier as President, I have been inspired by our identity, unique as the only Black, Catholic institution among all American colleges and universities. Our rich heritage as historically Black and our Catholic mission to promote a just and humane society, these define our history and also our future and purpose.

I am committed to our founding mission and honoring our African American tradition and Catholic values; and for this reason to sustaining our academic rigor, standards of excellence and outcomes, and to promoting an inclusive learning community for all Xavierites. 

Shared Values of Xavier's Mission

Xavier University of Louisiana will be celebrated for the quality of its educational experience, where students learn at the highest level in order to be of service, wherever they are called. Grounded in the history and experience of descendants of slaves, Xavier will educate its students and contribute to scholarship and knowledge so as to achieve a just and equitable society. This is realized primarily by formation of talented women and men in an inclusive educational environment, with the highest expectation and dedicated staff and faculty.

Thus, the university will innovate in it academic programs, campus culture, partnerships and engagements, both local and afar. To continue our march to tomorrow, aware of our yesterdays, we embrace the following strategic principles: 

Strategic Principles

  • Sustain our mission and honor our African American tradition and Catholic values
  • Maintain academic rigor, standards of excellence, and outcomes
  • Promote an inclusive learning community, welcoming to all
  • Elevate Xavier’s reputation and recognition
  • Contribute to equity and societal resilience in our region, especially by advancing high quality pre-collegiate education for all. 
  • Balance enrollment to increase non-STEM and health majors
  • Build programmatic breadth
  • Sustain and support environment of research and inquiry that addresses matters of import to the larger society as Church and to the African diaspora
  • Grow enrollment by attracting more adult learners especially through graduate programs

Planning Retreats

Planning Goals

Student Success

Maximize graduation and post-graduate success and overall student satisfaction.

Faculty and Staff

Maximize the development and engagement of faculty and staff.


Provide mission-driven programs that respond to changing needs of students, 


Strengthen the infrastructure to support a comprehensive range of campus and community activities.

Financial Stability

Maximize the financial stability of the university.

Reputation and Community

Be recognized globally for our mission effectiveness, educational excellence, and community engagement. 

Planning Positioning

We believe there will be continued declines in our traditional pool of prospects. Therefore we must:

  • Expand our recruiting efforts to other student pools and major cities
  • Intensify our marketing to our traditional pools
  • Integrate academic programs that attract non-traditional students
  • Increase retention efforts
  • Increase financial aid in strategically targeted areas
  • Implement strategies to improve yield

We believe there is increased pressure from the goverment and general public for improved graduation rates and demonstrable post graduate success. Therefore we must:

  • Improve collection and analysis of data
  • Improve our models of student risk for both colleges
  • Monitor and continously improve our academic support programs and activities
  • Increase internships, research opportunities, and global experience for all students that will enhance opportunities upon graduation

We believe Xavier is not as well known nationally as it deserves. Therefore we must:

  • Enhance the marketing of our brand
  • Enhance our overall marketing efforts
  • Revisit our brand to ensure that it is current and relevant

We believe there are reduced opportunities from federal and other financial sources. Therefore we must:

  • Diversify our revenue sources
  • Increase our cost effectiveness
  • Evaluate and advertise our current business model

We believe that our students have considerable choice, including schools 
that have a superior campus environment. Therefore we must: 

  • Modernize our physical facilities and technology infrastructure
  • Offer enriching and fulfilling activities
  • Create an environment that fosters a sense of belonging and ownership of the University by every student
  • Include students in decisions related to campus environment
  • Continue to provide a robust educational experience

Xavier University’s Strategic Planning Survey Update