Xavier University has chosen a French literary scholar and veteran college administrator to serve as its next provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.
Anne McCall will be coming from Binghamton University in New York state, but she spent nearly two decades at Tulane University, where she served as an associate dean in the School of Liberal Arts, among other roles.
At Xavier, where she starts officially July 1, McCall will form part of the leadership team for C. Reynold Verret, who took over less than a year ago for the long-serving Norman Francis.
“Having lived in New Orleans for 17 years while at Tulane, I have known of the strength of Xavier’s academic programs, its social justice mission, and the success of its students,” she said in a statement released by the school. “I am excited to assist Dr. Verret and the faculty as we seek to build on the University’s core identity and academic strengths to make it an even better institution.”
McCall replaces Loren Blanchard, who left last year to take the job of executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at California State University. Deidre Labat has been serving as provost at Xavier on an interim basis.
McCall currently serves as dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton, which enrolls about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than two dozen departments.
Prior to that, she served as dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver and in several administrative roles at Tulane.
“Dr. McCall is the ideal candidate, in part because she understands Xavier’s unique mission and role as a historically Black and Catholic institution,” Verret said in a statement. “Her deep appreciation for the values and traditions of Xavier, record of experience, and forward-thinking approach to the advancement of our mission, make her well-suited to help guide this University into the future, taking advantage of the opportunities and meeting the challenges of the times.”