Dr. Xavier A. Cole will become president of Loyola University New Orleans effective June 1, making him the first person of color, the first black person and the second layperson in the role.
Cole is currently the Vice President of Student Affairs at Marquette University. Prior to Marquette, Cole was vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Washington College and assistant vice president at Loyola University Maryland.
“Dr. Cole is a uniquely experienced higher education administrator who has dedicated his career to the study and preservation of Jesuit Catholic institutions in America and to the service of their students,” said Stephen Landry, chairman of the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees.
Cole also serves as chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Board of Trustees.
Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in history from Miami University (Ohio), and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.