FRANCES LUCAS, PH.D.
Highlights of Qualifications
Five years as president of Frances Lucas Consulting, LLC, a talent development company
Ten years as president of Millsaps College, a nationally top ranked, liberal arts college
Twenty-eight years as vice president or president of notable institutions of higher education
Nationally known in higher education networks
Strong communications and media skills
Presented over 85 national and regional keynotes and invited addresses
Conducted hundreds of talent development workshops for companies and institutions
2009: International Leadership Training Institute on Prejudice Reduction, National Coalition Building Institute
1990: Harvard University Institute for Education Leadership
1985: Ph.D., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa — Administration of Higher Education, with minors in Research, Human Resource Management, Continuing Education and a Proficiency in Network Analysis
1980: M.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa — Administration of Higher Education
1978: B.A., Mississippi State University — Communications with public relations emphasis, graduating with honors
July 2014 - Present: President of Frances Lucas Consulting, LLC
July 2014 – July 2015: Professor of Practice, Human Capital Development Program, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast, Long Beach, Mississippi
July 2010 – June 2014: Vice President and Campus Executive Officer, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast, Long Beach, Mississippi
Served as the senior leader for a dual campus with five teaching sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast with approximately 100 faculty, 400 staff members and approximately 3,000 students. Provided leadership for 30 undergraduate degree programs, 16 master degree programs, and four doctoral degree programs. The faculty brought in $32,442,200 in research and grant funding from 2010-2013.
Provided leadership for the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which is a nationally recognized marine and coastal research facility located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Supervised the Center of Higher Learning at John C. Stennis Space Center, which serves over 5,000 employees.
Founding Director of the University of Southern Mississippi Evelyn Gandy Women’s Center for Leadership and Museum.
Achieved record enrollments.
Supervised $39 million of construction and opened six buildings between July 2011 and September 2013, rebuilding the campus after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Negotiated successfully with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to add an additional $8 million to already funded Katrina projects.
Created an international student recruitment program that grew the Masters of Arts in Computer Science program from 20 to 107 students from 2010 to 2014.
Taught two graduate classes for masters and doctoral students on Executive Decision Making (Human Capital Development) and one for masters students on Foundations of Student Affairs (Higher Education).
Principal Investigator for the University of Southern Mississippi $800,000 National Science Foundation Grant Collaborative Proposal, Gulf Coast ADVANCE: Cross Institutional Synergy for Women Scientists, which was a collaborative effort with the University of South Alabama (Cwikla, PI), Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Valentine, PI) and Bishop State Community College (McCane, PI).
July 2000 – June 2010: President, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
Named as first female president of Millsaps College and was the first woman college president in Mississippi. Provided overall leadership and strategic direction for a private, nationally ranked liberal arts college. Enrolled approximately 1,100 undergraduate and 100 graduate students.
Strengthened philanthropic culture by raising $132 million, added 115 new scholarships, increased donor giving units by 25%, expanded faculty giving from 25% to 39%, and increased alumni giving from 31% to as high as 42%.
Inherited an 11% spending rate on the endowment and lowered it to as low as 7.5% before the 2009 stock decline.
Increased employee productivity and satisfaction by engaging colleagues with a positive, focused and inclusive style of leadership; developed a culture of praise; prioritized work-life balance; and encouraged innovation.
Inspired top scholarship by adding a top scholar student program that grew from 12 to 85 top scholars in six years and enjoyed the naming of a Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar during her presidency.
Created an environment that encouraged faculty success in research and publishing, yielding numerous national and regional faculty awards.
Developed an engaged and participatory Board of Trustees by shifting purpose of board meetings from “rubber stamp” processes to strategic discussions.
Made diversity and social justice hallmarks of the college’s identity by diversifying the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and student body; encouraged student leadership on “Safe Space GLBTQ” issues and added sexual orientation and partner benefits to the employee policies.
Positioned Millsaps College as an enhanced national competitor through a new approach to marketing and communications; participated in leadership roles in national networks.
July 1992 – July 2000 Senior Vice President for Campus Life, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Named first female vice president at Emory University; served as a member of President’s Cabinet making university-wide decisions for a premier private research university enrolling 6,000 undergraduate students and 5,500 graduate students; supervised a $44 million budget and 650 employees.
Supervised Athletics, Barkley Forum (debate team), Bookstore, Career Center, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Disability Resources, Food Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health Services (for faculty, staff and students), Housing and Residence Life (with maintenance and custodial services), Identification Cards, International Student Office, Intramurals, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Office (GLBTQ), Multicultural Services and Programs, New Student and Parent Orientation, Recreation Center, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Student Government, Student Publications, University Center, Volunteer Emory, and Wellness Programs.
Renovated all 18 residence halls to prepare for the 2006 Olympic Games; housed the Gold Medal USA Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, many other athletes and Olympic workers.
Re-engineered the fraternity system by introducing new behavioral standards and renovation plans, which increased overall occupancy of 12 fraternity houses from 44% to 98% in six years.
Strengthened diversity programs by increasing racial diversity of direct report professional staff by 40%, initiated the Safe Space Program for GLBTQ students, and implemented prejudice reduction programs on race, gender, religion, differently abled, national origin, and sexual orientation.
Played a significant role in designing a $72 million updated residential campus on 40 acres of re-purposed land near the main campus.
July 1986 – July 1992 Vice President for Student Affairs, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
At age 29, named first woman vice president at Baldwin-Wallace, becoming the youngest Vice President of Student Affairs in the country; led student life for a private, liberal arts institution enrolling 4,800 students and employing 1,100 faculty and staff.
Supervised Counseling Center, Freshman Year Experience, Greek Life, Health Center, New Student Orientation, Radio Station, Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Union, Student Publications and Wellness Programming.
October 1983 – July 1986 Assistant Dean for Student Life, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
Provided administrative and student leadership development to 11,000 students at a major state university, facilitated the success of 300 student organizations, supervised a check cashing facility, advised student media, and advised 30 fraternity and sorority organizations, Panhellenic Council, Inter Fraternity Council, and the Student Government Association.
July 1979 – October 1983 Residence Life Coordinator, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ultimately directed residence life operations for 15 residence halls housing 3,500 students at a major state university. Supervised 232 staff and student staff members. Coordinated food service, security, discipline, maintenance, and programming. Held positions of Area Coordinator, Residence Hall Director, and Director of Conferences.
2014 Mississippi's Woman of the Year in Education by the Commission on the Status of Women
2014 Outstanding Community Leader for South Mississippi and named to Roland Weeks Hall of Fame
by the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce
2014 Graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast Program
2013 Woman of the Year Award for the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Business and Professional Women
2010 Francis Asbury Award for Leading in Education by the United Methodist Church Mississippi Conference
2008 Outstanding Leadership Award by the American Council on Education, Mississippi Women’s Network
2008 International Shield Award for Outstanding Professional Accomplishments by Delta Gamma Fraternity
2007 Leonard Goldman Citation for Outstanding Service to Students by Associated Colleges of the South
2007 Pillars of the Profession Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
2005 Most Outstanding College President by American Football Association
2004 Outstanding Mississippi Woman Award by the Mississippi State University Women’s Commission
2003 Vision Award by the India Association of Mississippi
2002 Mississippi Business Woman of the Year by the Mississippi Business Journal
2000 Lifetime Achievement Award by Emory University Campus Life
1998 Bob Leach Award for Outstanding Contribution to Furthering Diversity by the Southern Association of
Student College Administrators
1995 John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance by a Dean by the National Association of Student Personnel
Administrators Region III
1991 Most Outstanding Woman Administrator by Baldwin-Wallace College
1984 Mississippi’s Outstanding Young Career Woman by Business and Professional Women
1978 Most Outstanding Senior Woman by Mississippi State University
1978 Who’s Who Among American College Students
1976 Mortar Board
1975 Omicron Delta Kappa
Over 85 national and regional conferences, including:
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators: "Become a President . . . or Not," March 2003, St. Louis, Missouri
Phi Delta Theta National Emerging Leader Institute: "Gentlemen: What Presidents Want," July 2006, Miami, Ohio (first female keynote for the organization)
National Association for Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church Annual President's Meeting, "What Leadership?," July 2008, Denver, Colorado
National Women’s Leadership Institute: "Courage in the Work Place," December 2010, December 2009 and December 2008, Amelia Island, Florida
Southern Methodist University Women’s Week: "Leading Ladies," March 2010, Dallas, Texas
National Panhellenic Conference Annual Meeting: "Ten Commandments for Working with Today’s Students," October 2010, Grapevine, Texas
Tri Delta Sorority National Conference: "You Are Your Sister’s Keeper," March 2011, Dallas, Texas
Phi Mu National Advisors Annual Meeting: "Communicating with Today’s Students," March 2011 Peachtree City, Georgia
Delta Gamma National Chapter Advisors Seminar: "What Will We Do with the Millennials?," June 2011, Columbus, Ohio
Kappa Delta National Convention: "Hazing: Don’t Do It," July 2011, Tucson, Arizona
Associated College Unions International Convention: "100 Year Anniversary Leadership Panel," April 2014, Orlando, Florida, and "Inviting Success," March 2007, Atlanta, Georgia
Higher Education Association Keynotes
Alice Manicure National Symposium, Director and Faculty Member (two years)
Amelia Island National Higher Education Women’s Leadership Conference (three years)
American Association of University Women
American Council on Education: Women’s Workshop to Advance to President
American Council on Education National Convention: Women’s Network Association
Associated Colleges of the South, Student Affairs Conference
Association of College Unions International Conference (two years)
College Personnel Administrators of Kentucky
First Year Experience National Convention
Georgia Residence Hall Association
Louisiana Statewide Student Affairs Drive-In Conference
Mid-America Greek Conference
Mississippi Association of College Student Affairs Conference
Mississippi Foundation of Independent Colleges
Mississippi Association of Colleges State Meeting
National Academic Advisory Association Region 4
National Association of Campus Activities
National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) National Convention
NASPA Region IV Conference (Great Lakes)
NASPA Region III Conference (South)
NASPA Region III Mid-Manager’s Institute Faculty Member (three years)
National Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers
National Symposium for the Recruitment and Retention of Students
Southern Association of Career Educators
Southern Association of College Student Administrators Conference
Southern Graduate Student and Faculty Forum
Southeastern College Housing Officers Convention
University Athletic Association National Student Leadership Conference
Women’s Network in Higher Education State Convention of Mississippi
University Keynotes, Workshops, and Consultations:
Allegheny College: Greek Week
Baldwin Wallace College: Convocation
Bowling Green University: Greek Week and College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineers
Brandeis University: Academic Advising
Cleveland State University: Residence Life Conference
Colorado College: Greek Week
DePauw University: Greek Week
Emory University: Convocation
Hiram College: Convocation
Huntington College: Convocation
Florida Gulf Coast University: Dean of Students Team
Florida State University: Alumni Association Hardee Celebration
Furman University: Student Affairs Conference
Georgia State University: Student Leadership Conference
Kennesaw State University: Student Affairs
Mansfield College: Student and Academic Affairs
Memphis State University: Student Affairs Conference
Millersburg University: President Organization Redesign
Mississippi University for Women: Alumni Association
Louisiana State University: Student Affairs Drive-In Conference
Loyola University: Student Affairs Retreat, Academic Advisory Consultation, President's Cabinet
Piedmont College: Convocation
Sanford University: Student Leadership Conference
Southern Methodist University: Student Affairs Conference and Women’s Week
Texas Christian University: Student Affairs, Career Development, Housing and Residence Life, Religious and Spiritual Life
University of Alabama: Higher Education Program and Greek Leadership Retreat
University of Alabama at Montgomery: Student Leadership Conference
University of Denver: Board of Trustees
University of Houston, Clearlake: Academic Affairs
University of Louisiana, Lafayette: President's Cabinet
University of Louisiana, Monroe: School of Nursing
University of Louisville: Pathways for Women
University of Miami: Student Affairs, Continuing Education, Residence Life, Recreation Center
University of Mississippi: Greek Leadership Retreat, Student Affairs, and National Sea Grant Law Center
University of North Carolina, Charlotte: Student Affairs, General Counsel's Office
University of South Carolina: Student Affairs
University of Southern Mississippi: Student Leadership Retreat
University of West Florida: President's Cabinet, Academic Engagement, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Finance and Administration, Human Resources Advancement, Research and Strategic Innovation
Greek Organizations Keynotes
Tri Delta National Convention (two years)
Delta Gamma National Officers Training
Kappa Delta National Convention
National Panhellenic Convention
Lambda Chi Fraternity Convention
Delta Gamma National Convention (two years)
Southeastern Panhellenic Conference
Southern Inter-Fraternity Association
Sigma Phi Epsilon National Convention
DePaul University Greek Week
Colorado College Greek Week
University of Alabama Greek Leadership Retreat
Phi Delta Theta National Emerging Leader Institute
Civic Organization Keynotes and Speeches
American Society of Women Accountants State Conference
American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon, Hattiesburg, MS
American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon, Jackson, MS
Boys and Girls Club Annual Awards Dinner, Jackson, MS
Business and Professional Women Mississippi State Convention
Business and Professional Women Young Career Convention
Caring Women of South Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast
Celebration of Strong Women Luncheon, Jackson, MS
Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference for Mississippi
Jackson Legal Professional Association
Junior League of Jackson, MS
Leadership Gulf Coast Education Day
Long Beach, Mississippi, Historical Society
Louisiana Department of State Civil Service
Mississippi Association of Realtors Leadership Program
Mississippi Bar Association State Convention, Inaugural Evelyn Gandy Lecture
Mississippi Business Journal Awards Luncheon
Mississippi Development Authority State Conference
Mississippi State Conference for Retired Teachers
Mississippi Technology Alliance
Mississippi Women’s Lawyer Association State Meeting
Mississippi United Methodist Annual Conference, 2007
Necumen Mississippi Statewide Awards Banquet
Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church: Senior Leadership Team
Saint Andrews Episcopal School Board of Trustees Retreat
United Methodist Church Lay Sunday Preacher, Leadership Retreats, Regional Meetings, State Conferences, Youth Rallies
Professional Associations and Community Service
National and Regional
National Speaker’s Association: Professional Speaker, Chapter President, 2017-present
National Coalition Building Institute, 2009 — Completed the International Leadership Training Institute on Prejudice Reduction
National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church — President, 2006; Executive Board, 2004-2006
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities — Treasurer, 2006; Board of Directors, 2003-2006
Associated Colleges of the South, 2000-2010 — Chair, 2007-2010
Southern Collegiate Athletic Association, 2000-2010 — Chair, 2004
American College Educators: Women’s Commission, 2004-2006
Annapolis Group: 2000-2010 — Group of 80 college and university presidents from liberal arts institutions
Southern University Conference, 2000-2010 — President, 2005; Group of 50 private and public college presidents from the South
University Athletic Association, 1992-2000 — Chair, 1996-1998
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 1986-2000 — Greek Relations Chair, 1988; Alice Manicure Symposium Chair, 1998-1999
The National Vice President’s Group, 1992-2000 — Invitation only group of 20 vice presidents of student affairs from top research universities around the country
Association of Fraternity Advisors, 1983-2000 — University Relations Committee Chair, 1985
Trustmark Banking and Finance Corporation — Board of Directors, 2001-2011
Mississippi Chapter of International Women’s Forum, 2001-present — President, 2008-2010
Mississippi Foundation of Independent Colleges, 2000-2006 — Chair, 2002-2006
University Club Board of Directors, 2001-2010
Jackson Medical Education District Board, 2000-2007 — President, 2003
Mississippi Symphony Board of Directors, 2000-2003
University of Mississippi Dental School Board of Governors, 2003-2010
Jackson YMCA Board of Directors, 2009-2010
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Leadership Gulf Coast 2013-2014Graduate
Gulf Coast Business Council Board of Directors, 2010-2012
United Way of South Mississippi Board of Directors, 2010-2013
American Heart Association, Executive Committee, 2011-2012
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2010-2011
YMCA Board of Directors, 2010-2011
With R. Britton Katz. "Career Wellness: From Great Depression, through Great Recession, to Great Ascension." In Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education: How to Promote Student Health During and After College, edited by David S. Anderson. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017.
With Brit Katz. "Gone with the Wind? Integrity and Hurricane Katrina." Advancing the Integrity of Professional Practice, New Directions for Student Services Series 135 (Fall 2011): 89-96.
"10 Things I've Learned as a College President." Portico, September 2009, 62.
"Jimmy Carter on Service Learning." About Campus 1 (March/April) 1996: 10-13.
"Forward." College Student Affairs Journal 14 (Fall 1994): 3-4.
"What Can We Learn from Earlham College?" In The Role and Contribution of Student Affairs in Involving Colleges, edited by George D Kuh and John H. Schuh. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc., 1991.
"Through the Looking Glass: A Case Study of Perceptions of and about Mid-managers." In The Invisible Leaders: Student Affairs Mid-Managers, edited by Robert B. Young. Washington, D.C.: National Association of College Personnel Administrators, Inc., 1990.
Chapters in Off to College, The Great Transition, edited by Charles Owen. Montgomery, AL: Guidance Research Group, 1990, 1989, 1988.
"Junior Partners: The President’s Children—Their Point of View." In The Partnership Model: A Family Perspective on College Presidency, edited by Roberta H. Ostar. Washington, D.C.: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 1986.
Consulting Workshops and Seminars
Austin College, Texas, Student Affairs Division
Enhancing Communication between Male and Female Colleagues
Ball State University, Indiana, Faculty
Working with Faculty on Understanding New Student Trends and How Trends Impact Pedagogy
Coast Episcopal School, Pass Christian, Mississippi, Board of Trustees
Colorado State University, Admissions Department
Team Building with Emergenetics
DePauw University, Indiana, President
Assessing Effectiveness of the Greek System
Huntington College, Montgomery, Alabama, Board of Trustees and President's Cabinet
International Women's Forum, Mississippi Chapter
Emergenetics, Meeting of the Minds, Creating Happiness
Kentucky Wesleyan College, Board of Trustees, President's Cabinet, Admissions Department, Athletic Department
Enhancing Enrollment Management, Team Building, Strategic Planning, Talent Development, Emergenetics, Meeting of the Minds
Lewis and Clark College, Oregon, Student Affairs Division
Emergenetics, Meeting of the Minds
Loyola University, Louisiana, Student Affairs Division
Team Building, Enhancing Academic Advising
Mansfield College, Pennsylvania, Students Affairs Division, Academic Leadership
Enhancing Communication and Understanding Between Leaders in Academia and Student Affairs
Millersville University, Pennsylvania, Student Affairs Division
Assessing Effectiveness of Organizational Design for the Student Affairs Division
Southern Methodist University, Texas, Student Affairs Division
Enhancing Communication and Relationships among Senior Department Heads to Increase Productivity
Texas Christian University, Student Affairs Division
Assessing Alcohol Policies and University Responses to Violations; Meeting of the Minds, Emergenetics Talent Development, Leveraging the Power of We, Seven Steps to Courage
Transylvania University, Kentucky
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Visit for Entire University
Southern Methodist University, Texas
Student Affairs Division – Enhancing Communication and Relationships among Senior Department Heads to Increase Productivity
United Methodist Church Senior Cabinet, Mississippi
Mississippi Conference – Team Building
University of Alabama, Student Affairs Division
Emergenetics, Meeting of the Minds
University of Denver
Board of Trustee Retreats, Students Today and First Generation Students
University of Miami, Coral Gables Florida, Division of Continuing Education
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Student Affairs: Emergenetics, Team Building
University of South Carolina, Upstate
Emergenetics, President's Cabinet Team Building
University of South Florida, Student Affairs Division
Assessing How the Student Affairs Division Should Be Organized and Positioned within the Entire University
University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park, Orientation Leaders, National Science Association Women's Advance, Human Capital Development, Faculty
Emergenetics, Meeting of the Minds, The Courage to Lead
University of West Florida, President's Cabinet, Division of Advancement, Division of Student Affairs, Division of Enrollment Management
Meeting of the Minds, Leveraging the Power of We, Emergenetics Talent Development
Wright State University, Ohio, College of Nursing and Health
Team Building, Finding Happiness, Organizational Development