Loren Blanchard, Xavier University's senior vice president for academic affairs, has been named the first provost in the university's 98-year history. Blanchard, who will continue in his current job, will assume his new responsibility on July 1.
As provost, Blanchard will be the chief adviser to Xavier President Norman Francis and the ranking vice president. He will not only implement academic policy and coordinate academic programs but also expand Xavier's role in the community.
He earned an undergraduate degree in speech pathology at Xavier, a master's degree in educational administration at McNeese State University and a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Georgia.