Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Staff

Anne McCall, Ph.D.
Senior VP, Provost of Academic Affairs

Xavier is one of the United States’ outstanding institutions, and its history of ambition and accomplishment gives it a special place in higher education today. I am inspired by President Verret’s vision, and I am eager to help him achieve it.

I have devoted my career to teaching, research, and service in small to mid-sized, comprehensive universities that put a premium on developing the potential of all students. . . As an academic community of great purpose with a complex portfolio of academic units, Xavier University brings liberal arts and professional education into a productive dialogue that must continue to evolve.


Marguerite S. Giguette, Ph.D
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Giguette earned her PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University and has worked at Xavier since 1990. Before coming to the Academic Affairs Office, Dr. Giguette served as Chair of the Computer Science Department for 11 years. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Xavier SOAR 3 Program for prospective Computer Science students and has published a number of articles. She has served on numerous university committees, including Rank and Tenure, Chair of the Arts and Sciences Coordinating Committee, and the University Planning Council. She has also participated in a number of SACS reviews.


Pearl Algere-Lonian, M.A.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ms Algere-Lonian, is a native New Orleanian and a Xavier graduate. She earned a Masters degree in Counseling from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to her return to Xavier University, she was employed at Penn State University, the University of New York at Brockport, Quinsigamond College, and Rose State College in Oklahoma. Affectionately known as “Miss Pearl”, Ms Algere-Lonian supervises Xavier’s undergraduate Scholarship program.


Lasana Cambrice, MBA
Executive Associate for Academic Affairs; Executive Director for Career Advancement Center

Mr. Cambrice is a New Orleans native. He earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Prior to joining the Xavier family, he was employed by J.P. Morgan Chase. He also served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at St. Augustine High School and as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the City of New Orleans. At Xavier, Mr. Cambrice formerly held the position of Director of Campus Activities.


Andree Summers
Executive Specialist for Academic Affairs

Ms. Summers, originally from Hampton, VA, moved to New Orleans, LA in the late 70’s.  She earned a degree in the Social Sciences from Southern University at New Orleans.  Before working at Xavier University she spent a number of years at Dillard University working as an Executive Assistant to the President of the University and the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance.