Clark Atlanta University Leader Announces Plans to Retire


ATLANTA, GA – August 28th, 2019 -- Clark Atlanta University Interim President Lucille H. Maugé today announced her plans to retire from the institution by the end of the year. Ms. Maugé was appointed Interim President and Chief Operations Officer of Clark Atlanta University by the Board of Trustees in January 2019.  In accepting the role, she became the first woman to lead the institution since Atlanta University (founded in 1865) and Clark College (founded in 1869) consolidated to form Clark Atlanta University in 1988.

"I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have served CAU and its students during this exciting time in its history," said Maugé. "Leading this institution has been one of the great highlights of my career, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together in setting CAU on a strong and sustainable path for the future." 

During her time as interim president, the university has ranked among the Top 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS) on the “U.S. News and World Reports Best Colleges” list, maintain a nearly $80 million endowment and an enrollment of almost 4,000 students. In just a brief time, she has enacted several initiatives including enhancing the CAU student experience, advancing the university’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD), and rallying institutional and community support behind CAU’s new office of University Relations, Events and External/Community Affairs (UREECA) and new Cyber-Physical Systems CPS) program.

A former executive with institutions such as Prudential Private Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank, Ms. Maugé, brought a wealth of high-level corporate and financial experience to CAU. During her tenure at the university she has served as a member of the Executive Cabinet for 13 years in leadership roles including Chief Compliance Officer and later, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Her experience and years of service made her uniquely qualified to assume the duties of interim president, while the board conducted its national search for the fifth president of CAU. 

“In taking the helm at such a critical time, Lucille has enabled us to maintain stability at the university during our national search for CAU’s next leader,” said Gregory Morrison, Chair of CAU’s Board of Trustees. “She departs with an impressive record of achievements and the sincerest appreciation of the board, faculty, staff, student body and alumni.”

Interim President Maugé’s retirement announcement paves the way for the arrival of CAU’s next leader, Dr. George T. French Jr., who takes the helm in September 1st.  In the meantime, Interim President Maugé will continue to serve until her retirement and she is determined to make sure that this period of transition will not be one of inaction or lost momentum.

“I remain committed to continuing the work of cultivating lifted lives of excellence at this exceptional university and there are a few more things to do before I am done.," said Interim President Maugé.  “This is one exceptional university and I want to make sure that it is well-positioned for the board and the next president to take CAU to the next level of success.”

Read Interim President Maugé’s full letter to the CAU community here.

About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a leading research institution of higher education, offering 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters, specialists, and doctoral levels.  Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), CAU continues a 150-year legacy rooted in the African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement, CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world.   Learn more at .