Hakim J. Lucas, Ph.D., is the 13th President of Virginia Union University. He is strategically focused on student success, academic excellence, entrepreneurial enterprise, and brand prestige. Under Dr. Lucas’ direction, the university launched the “VUU is RVA” partnership with the City of Richmond and Richmond Public Schools to solidify greater access to academic, economic, medical, and civic support to those who live in the Greater Richmond area. In addition, an innovative retention and recruitment initiative, Quest for the Best, has led to a 90% retention rate from fall to spring semester. It is the highest retention percentage in the history of Virginia Union.
Dr. Lucas has nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in higher education. His career successes include fundraising, strategic planning, and the engagement and retention of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is an avid proponent of civic engagement, particularly at the local level, through city and state leaders and non-profit organizations. He stands on the maxim “Education is our Social Justice” and encourages students to find a social justice cause that is meaningful to them. He earned an appointment to serve on the City of Richmond History & Cultural Commission.by Mayor Levar Stoney. In addition, he sits on several boards including: Partnership for Families, Southern Education Foundation, Venture Richmond, and the SunTrust Advisory Council.
Dr. Lucas earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree in education from Tufts University, an Executive MBA from Stetson University, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He earned his doctoral degree in education from Fordham University.