Thursday, September 4, 2014

After 47 Years, Longest-Serving College President in the Country to Retire

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 4th, 2014

The longest-serving college president in the United States, Norman C. Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana, announced on Thursday he would retire next year after 47 years at the helm. Mr. Francis, who accepted the position of president on the same day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, in 1968, said in a written statement that “the time has come” for him to retire.
“We all wish Dr. Francis could remain as Xavier’s president for at least 50 more years,” said Michael Rue, chairman of Xavier’s Board of Trustees. “We take solace in the realization that Dr. Francis will be forever with us through the institution he helped shape.”
Mr. Francis, 83, is Xavier’s first African-American president and has led the institution to graduate more African-American students who go on to complete medical school than any college in the nation, among other distinctions.

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