Xavier Raises More Than $100M Toward Centennial Goal

170922497126785593NEW ORLEANS – Xavier University of Louisiana announced that it has raised more than $100 million toward its Centennial Campaign fundraising goal of $500 million.

“This important fundraising milestone is a testament to Xavier’s value as an institution that produces some of our nation’s most thoughtful, intelligent leaders – leaders who are ready to take on our greatest challenges,” said Reynold Verret, Xavier president. “Our generous supporters know that an investment in Xavier is not only an investment in our current students, but it’s an investment in social justice, racial justice, and the future of our communities.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges recently named Xavier one of the top universities sending African Americans through medical school, and the university continues to be one of the country’s leading producers of Black pharmacists. It also was recognized as one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by the U.S. News Media Group.

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“Xavier continues to solidify itself as an educational leader and option for young people looking to become trailblazers of tomorrow,” said Campaign Chair Gladstone Jones. “I am beyond confident that by surpassing this first campaign milestone, we are well on our way to reaching our total $500 million goal and setting up Xavier for its next century of excellence and triumphs.” 

To date, Centennial Campaign funds have helped to establish 48 new endowed scholarships, two new endowed professorships/chairs, 54 new annually funded scholarships, and 38 current use/endowed programs. Phase two of the Centennial Campaign is underway with the objectives of growing Xavier’s endowment to $300 million, doubling the number of Black American graduates entering medical school, renovating and rejuvenating the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Convent, and exceeding the $200 million mark in contributions by the end of 2025.  

With the continued support of generous donors, Xavier will expand access to education, enhance academic offerings, and strengthen its dedication to fostering diverse and inclusive academic excellence.

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