U.S. News & World Report announced its 2016 STEM Leadership Hall of Fame April 5, honoring “leaders who have achieved measurable results in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.” Among them is Dr. Norman Francis, J.D. ’55, H’82, President Emeritus of Xavier University of Louisiana. The announcement comes in advance of the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, to be held May 18-20 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The magazine’s announcement reads in part:
Under his leadership, the university instituted a core curriculum and mandatory comprehensives, and has become nationally recognized as a leader in minority education, particularly in the sciences and the health professions. Xavier ranks first in the nation in producing African-American graduates who go on to complete medical school, while its College of Pharmacy, one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana, is among the nation's top three producers of African-American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients. Xavier graduates in all disciplines are sought out by job recruiters and graduate and professional schools.