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Longest-serving college president
ATLANTA, April 20,
2012, 10:30 a.m.
Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA)
President Dr. Norman C. Francis was honored by the National
Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
for his commitment to minority education and service to the
community during the organizationís annual meeting in
Washington, D.C. The AT&T-NAFEO Francis Fellows Award, a new
need-based, exemplary achievement, student grant has been
created in his name.
Dr. Francis has served as President
of XULA for 44 years, making him the longest-sitting college
president in the United States. NAFEO announced the inaugural
Francis Fellows awards, which consists of two $5,000 awards that
will go to two Xavier students, and one
$5,000 award that will go to a student from each Dillard
University, Grambling University, Southern University, and
Southern University New Orleans. The students, selected by the
schools, are currently enrolled, full-time students in good
standing, majoring in the sciences; computer
sciences/technology; engineering; mathematics; physics, health
professions; law; economics; teaching in a scientific field or
any other discipline commonly referred to as STEM disciplines.
For outstanding achievement, the NAFEO Noble Prize was also
created to honor the many distinguished faculty and researchers
serving Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or
Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). Because of their
commitments to the mission of their respective institutions, the
passion for their work, and their love for assisting students
with great promise, the Noble Prize gives these first-rate
professionals a token of the heartfelt appreciation of the
entire black, higher-education community and its partners.
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The NAFEO Distinguished Alumni citations were
also presented to outstanding alumni of HBCUs and PBIs. Candidates are nominated
by their alma mater, and those selected have distinguished themselves in their
professions and communities for excellence and altruism.
The two inaugural XULA Francis Fellows are
sophomore biochemistry student Corey Arnold of Houston, TX (Cypress Falls High
School) and freshman chemistry/pre-pharmacy major Cristal Wright of Zachary, LA
(Baton Rouge Magnet High School). XU Division of Education Chair Dr. Rosalind
Hale was selected as the Noble Prize winner; and Harry Johnson, a career
attorney who served as President and C.E.O. of the Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, was selected as
Xavierís Distinguished Alumni.
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