February 6, 2004

Good Morning:

Xavier University President Norman Francis and I had the opportunity to address the National Science Board when they met this week in New Orleans. The board governs the National Science Foundation, a major source of federal funds for science and engineering research. Its 24 members, who are scientists and directors at some of the country's most prestigious universities and research institutions, also advise the president and Congress on national science policy.

In our presentation, Norman and I focused on the 30-year partnership between Tulane and Xavier. This partnership has resulted in more than a dozen major programs that promote economic development, improve human health and welfare, and safeguard the environment. We believe this partnership can serve as an academic model for historically black colleges and universities and major research universities throughout the country. I urge you to visit to learn more about this unique partnership.

The continued success of the partnership was part of the good news I shared with the more than 160 people who attended a Tulane alumni reception in Atlanta last night. It is always a wonderful experience to meet with our alumni in other cities. They are so enthusiastic about Tulane and they truly "know what it means to miss New Orleans." It is a refreshing reminder of how lucky we are to live and work where we do.

Have a great weekend,


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