October 30 -31, 2014
Dr. Norman C. Francis
the longest-sitting university president in the U.S. (since 1968), has been at Xavier University of New Orleans for more than five decades as an administrator.
A 1948 graduate of St. Paul High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Francis earned a B.S. at Xavier University in 1952. In 1955, Francis became the first black student to earn a J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law, doing so with honors. Francis was inspired by the late New Orleans civil rights pioneer attorney Alexander Pierre “A.P.” Tureaud, his colleague and friend.