President

Virginia Union University Richmond, VA

Virginia Union University (VUU) has named Hakim J. Lucas, PhD., Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, as its new President, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Lucas brings a wealth of experience with strategic planning, fundraising, government relations, and investments in student success at several historically black colleges and universities. Under his leadership at Bethune-Cookman, unrestricted and restricted giving increased by more than 30-percent and the endowment increased by 53-percent. He spearheaded the University’s strategic planning efforts that led to the establishment of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Hospitality Management.

Prior to Bethune-Cookman University, Dr. Lucas was the Director of Development at SUNY College at Old Westbury and the Dean of Institutional Advancement and Development at CUNY Medgar Evers College, where he was also a tenured lecturer and deputy chair in the philosophy and religion department.

Dr. Lucas earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Fordham University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College.

Monroe “Bud” Moseley led this search with Donna Cramer and Joseph Keller.