Xavier University in New Orleans gets a $20 million anonymous donation

Xavier University in New Orleans gets a $20 million anonymous donation

In file photo, C. Reynold Verret, who was born in Haiti, accepts congratulations from New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, right, at his Feb. 26, 2016, inauguration as the sixth president of Xavier University of Louisiana, the only Black Catholic university in the United States. (Credit: Peter Finney Jr./Clarion Herald via CNS.)

A university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from an anonymous donor, the largest private contribution in the school's history.

NEW ORLEANS — A university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from an anonymous donor, the largest private contribution in the school’s history.

Xavier University of Louisiana announced the gift on Tuesday, saying the donation will allow the school to expand scholarships and make needed investments to sustain their mission as the country’s only Catholic and historically Black university.

“This is a remarkable demonstration of support and encouragement for Xavier and its mission, and a reminder that what we do is important-not only at the University, but also within our global community,” Reynold Verret, the university’s president, said in a news release.

“This gift will enhance the university’s capacity to educate in the medical sciences, pharmacy, law, the arts, and the social sciences,” he continued.

The school produces the largest number of Black medical school graduates than any other university in the U.S., the school said.

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