Reynold Verret, Ph.D.


Xavier University of Louisiana

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Dr. Reynold Verret was unanimously elected Xavier University of Louisiana’s president by the Board of Trustees, taking office on July 1, 2016. Prior to his appointment as president, he has served as provost and chief administrative officer at Savannah State, Georgia’s first public historically black university. Immigrating from Haiti in 1963, Dr. Verret went on to complete his undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia University, a doctorate in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Institute for Immunology at Yale University and the Center for Cancer Research at MIT.

In addition to his role at Savannah State, Dr. Verret served as provost at Wilkes University in Northern Pennsylvania and as dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He also served as the chair of the chemistry at Clark Atlanta University, where he helped allocate

close to $10 million in grant funding. His background in the sciences makes him particularly suited to Xavier, having developed programs to prepare STEM teachers, secure tuition support for teacher certification in STEM fields and affirm joint instructional and research programs.

As President of Xavier University, Dr. Verret leads the initiatives to build enrollment, enhance the quality and diversity of academic programs and to create cooperative relationships with neighboring institutions and with international partners.

His current vision for the future of Xavier to be a globally recognized University that celebrates diversity, fosters an intellectual environment of academic excellence, honors the legacy of Xavier as a historically black, Catholic University founded upon the teachings of St. Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and educates our future leaders to build a just and humane society.


Ph.D. (1982) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biochemistry

B.A. (1976) Columbia College, Columbia University, Biochemistry,

Cum Laude

MDP (2004) Harvard Graduate School of Education, Higher Ed



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  • 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers (2016)
  • USP-Office of Sponsored Programs Award (2006)
  • First Year Advising Award –University of the Sciences (2004)
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Award for Academic Excellence and Student Mentoring (1999)
  • Fogarty International Center Fellow – Biocentrum,

Turku, Finland (1997)

  • Educational Resource Center Teaching Award,

Tulane University (1990)

  • Karl Taylor Compton Prize, M.I.T. (1980)
  • Greenlaw Fellowship, M.I.T. (1976)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University (1976)
  • King Crown Award, Columbia University (1976)
  • Charles Hubsman Prize in Biology, Columbia College (1975)
  • Immediate past Board Director, Georgia Coastal Community

Indicators Coalition Steering

  • Past Chairman of the Executive Board Committee, Pennsylvania

Humanities Council

  • Past Board Member, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Technical Advisory Board Member, Georgia Governor’s

Cancer Initiative

  • Past Board Member, Lyke House Catholic Center,

Atlanta University Center

  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • American Chemical Society
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Association of Immunology
  • National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers,
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science