Clark Atlanta University Names Advancement Veteran Richard L. Lucas, Jr., Ph.D. Vice President of Institutional Advancement



ATLANTA, (July 29, 2021) — Clark Atlanta University has announced Richard L. Lucas, Jr., Ph.D. will serve as its new Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Dr. Lucas comes to CAU with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. He served in vice-presidential positions at Howard University, Elizabeth City State University and Bowie State University. Dr. Lucas is an accomplished Chief Development Officer with a proven track record of raising millions for scholarships and programs. He has played an integral role in the launch, management and support of several comprehensive campaigns including two that exceeded their $250 million goal. 

He has successfully led efforts in support of alumni, state and community relations. He served as an executive for several charitable foundations and has first-hand experience in the management of fundraising processes, systems and technology. Effective, transparent administration of charitable funds and accounts is among his experience as well. Dr. Lucas is a sought-after thought-leader on philanthropy and served as a consultant for non-profit, educational and health-related organizations on transformational giving.

Dr. Lucas is a well-versed Information Technology (IT) professional and served as an adjunct instructor teaching on leadership with technology in 21st-century schools. Dr. Lucas served as a member of the Governor's Workforce Development Board Cybersecurity and Information Technology Task Force for the state of Maryland. Dr. Lucas has successfully applied his systems, technology and analytical skills to the development of innovative experiential learning opportunities that benefit students and institutions. Related skill and experience have supported the creation of proposals and “cases for support” that have resulted in significant charitable investment, as well as strategic partnerships with corporations, organizations and foundations.


He is a graduate of Cornell University’s Administrative Management Institute, the Millennium Leadership Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Executive Fellows program sponsored by Adventist HealthCare and Leadership Maryland. He serves on several boards and is a member of the National Society for Distinguished Professionals. Dr. Lucas has held memberships with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Black Data Processing Associates. Dr. Lucas has a B.S. in Information Systems Management and an Ed.M. and Ph.D. in Education.

“At Clark Atlanta University, we pride ourselves on attracting top-notch talent to ensure that we’re able to continue providing a world-class education for our students,” said Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lucas to our team and we are excited about the vision, experience and knowledge of fundraising he brings to the university.”

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Clark Atlanta University. I look forward to supporting the President’s bold vision which includes the completion of a comprehensive “capital campaign” to increase scholarships, grow the endowment, and support innovation. And I am excited about partnering with the university community, alumni, and friends to build infrastructure and relationships for fundraising success now and into the future.” 

With the appointment of Dr. Lucas, Sam D. Burston, who formerly served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and University Relations, will now serve as Vice President of University Relations and External Affairs. In his new position, Burston will focus on branding, marketing and strategic communications as CAU raises its local, national and international profile.

About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869).  Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in 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. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing "The Black National Anthem"; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit