Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Francis is Executive Vice President and a member of the President's staff. Prior to assuming the executive vice president position in June 2009, Francis served for 15 years as Elon's provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Francis came to Elon College in 1974 as an assistant professor in the department of mathematics. During his tenure, he received the Daniels-Danieley Award as Elon’s most outstanding teacher; and the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics outstanding leadership award. In 1983, he joined the administrative ranks as dean of academic affairs, and was later named vice president of academic affairs before being named provost in 1994. In 2002 he received the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools outstanding service award.
Dr. Francis received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian State University, where he was a member of the basketball team. He earned his Ph.D. degree in mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).