Stephen Landry '83, chair of the Board of Trustees, presents Dr. Xavier Cole with a #18 basketball jersey, commemorating his appointment as the 18th president of Loyola University New Orleans.
President-Elect Cole speaks from the podium at his first appearance in front of the Loyola community.
A crowd of reporters surrounds Dr. Cole following the event introducing him to the Loyola community held on March 24 on the Peace Quad.
Dr. Cole poses with students and staff at the welcome event held on the Peace Quad.
Xavier Cole mingles with staff and students on the Peace Quad on Friday, March 24.
Xavier Cole meets the public on the Peace Quad.
Before his role at Marquette, Dr. Cole spent more than two decades shaping student life at higher education institutions in Maryland.
From 2014 to 2016, he was vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Washington College, a small liberal arts college in Chestertown, Maryland, which holds the distinction of being the first college chartered in the sovereign United States. From 1995 to 2014, Dr. Cole held roles of increasing responsibility within the Division of Student Development at Loyola University Maryland, leaving Baltimore in 2014 as assistant vice president.
An unusual hobby exemplifies Dr. Cole’s love of student life and makes him well-suited to a campus within the birthplace of jazz. At each stop in his career as a senior administrator, Dr. Cole, an accomplished trombone and euphonium player, has sought permission to audition for and play in student orchestra pits and jazz bands. (His mother sang professionally; his father was a band leader.)
Currently, Dr. Cole serves as chair for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Executive Doctorate Alumni Board. From 2017 to 2022, he was vice chair and director of the education committee on the board of Messmer Catholic Schools, a K-12 network of Catholic schools serving Milwaukee’s north and west sides.
Dr. Cole is married to historian Dr. Susanne DeBerry Cole and is the proud dog-father of a feisty cairn terrier named Mingus.