Dr. Doyle Lucas, director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at the Anderson University Falls School of Business, was recently honored with the creation of an endowed scholarship bearing his name. The Dr. Doyle Lucas Endowed Scholarship Fund will celebrate the service of the professor and help business students with their academic financial burdens.
Lucas has served Anderson University as a faculty member in the Falls School of Business since 1984. His primary teaching areas include principles of management, human resource management, and organizational behavior. As director of the DBA Program, Lucas works with doctoral students from more than 25 states. Additionally, he serves as chairperson or member of doctoral dissertation committees. He also serves as an active contributor to the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA), Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, Warner Press, Inc., and Anderson University Athletics.
The scholarship is primarily funded by students in the Anderson University Falls School of Business Doctor of Business Administration program. Former DBA student Amy Bourne initiated the funding of the scholarship after attending a CBFA conference hosted by AU.
“The idea struck me during a DBA special dinner that it would be a great way to honor all the work Dr. Lucas does,” said Bourne. After working with the AU Development office to set up the fund, Bourne contacted current and former DBA students. “The response was overwhelming. I had many, many, many e-mail responses with bold ‘yes, I want to donate’ or ‘it would be an honor.’”
Bourne also received the overwhelming support of Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business. “Since its inception, Dr. Doyle Lucas has fully invested himself in the Anderson University DBA program, but more importantly he has poured his life into the lives of every student with whom he has been privileged to teach and to serve,” said Truitt.
The scholarship established in Lucas' name is a part of the Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign for Anderson University. The campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history. To date the campaign has raised $95 million. Major components of the campaign include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment and $25 million for operational support.
Lucas has impacted many students over the years, including Bourne. “He influenced me by his actions," she said. "His passion for his work is amazing and worth emulating. Because Dr. Lucas is incredibly humble, a scholarship is a great way to honor him and pass on his legacy and passion to another generation.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology. Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest academic departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs. The school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).