Norman Francis to retire after 46 years as Xavier University president

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Norman Francis, who in 46 years as president of Xavier University fostered the school's steady rise in stature while projecting his own powerful influence on national education issues, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Francis told students at the Xavier Convocation Center before addressing a news conference scheduled for noon.

Francis, 83, has long been a legend among higher education administrators. One of the early voices calling for educational reform, he served on the 1983 National Commission on Excellence in Education, which produced "A Nation At Risk," the seminal report on the deficiencies in the American education system.

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