The American Council on Education announced Wednesday that Xavier University President Norman Francis, 83, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Council’s 97th annual meeting next month in Washington, D.C.

Francis, who will step down from the post he has held since 1968 at the end of this academic year, will accept the award on March 16, according to a news release.

“It is an honor to give the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has so successfully guided the growth of our nation’s only historically black and Catholic university, and on the national level, served in an advisory role on education and civil rights issues to eight White House administrations,” ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said in the release.

The ACE honor is the latest in a string of accolades Francis has received since announcing his retirement.

In November, he was named to EBONY magazine’s Power 100 list. In January the College of Law Alumni Association presented Francis with its highest honor, the St. Ives Award.

Last month Francis was named the Zulu grand marshal. The parade rolled Tuesday (Feb. 17).