Hakim J. Lucas ’99 Is Named President of Virginia Union University

Date Released: August 16, 2017

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

Alumnus Hakim J. Lucas ’99 has become the latest Morehouse Man to be appointed as a college or university president. He was recently named the 13th President of Virginia Union University (VUU).

Lucas, who had been the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, will begin working at VUU on Sept. 1.

“Virginia Union University has a rich history of academic excellence, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this distinguished university,” Lucas said in a statement from VUU. “I look forward to joining the dedicated administrators, faculty, and staff as we continue to make a difference in the academic lives of our students.”

Lucas joins a long list of Morehouse College graduates who have become college and university presidents. The latest came in March when former Lincoln University (Mo.) President Kevin Rome ’89 took the top post at Fisk University, and former Becker College President Robert E. Johnson ’82 became Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Harold L. Martin Jr. ’02 was named the Interim President at Morehouse College in April.

Lucas had led institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University since 2012. Under his leadership, unrestricted and restricted giving rose by 30 percent while the university’s endowment increased by 53 percent. He also developed a strategic government relations plan that resulted in millions of dollars in appropriations from the state of Florida. 

Prior to Bethune-Cookman, Lucas served as director of development at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and dean of institutional advancement and development at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He also was a tenured lecturer and deputy chair of the philosophy and religion department at Medgar Evers College.

Lucas studied history at Morehouse College, and earned his master’s degree in education at Tufts University and his doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University.  He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.

Lucas’ experience in higher education made him a top contender for the job as president of VUU, officials said.

“Throughout the search process, Dr. Lucas impressed the committee with his clear vision for liberal arts education and creating an enhanced student experience,” said W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the Virginia Union University Board of Trustees. “He is an energetic and wise leader and we believe that he will serve Virginia Union University well.”


Last Modified: August 18, 2017, 13:08 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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