Former University Dean of Students Joins Missouri Military Academy as Learning Specialist and Guidance Counselor

Mark Lucas has joined Missouri Military Academy (MMA) as learning specialist and guidance counselor, following an extensive search. Lucas’s previous experience includes serving as University of Missouri-Columbia dean of students and director of student engagement and as assistant dean of students at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Lucas joined the Academy on July 1, 2021.

As learning specialist and guidance counselor, Lucas will work to ensure every cadet’s success in the classroom. In collaboration with MMA faculty, he will assess and identify cadets’ learning styles in order to reinforce relational teaching and differentiated learning. Through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, Lucas will implement a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic and personal/social development for all cadets, with an end goal to promote student success and respond to identified student needs.   

“Mark is a tremendous addition to MMA's staff and faculty,” said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “His extensive experience working with students, and success with diverse responsibilities working within academia will help both challenge and support our cadets as they work to achieve their academic and post high school goals.”

Lucas also holds experience as an instructor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and he was an English as a Second Language (ESL) faculty mentor for international students, faculty and visiting scholars.

Lucas holds a Bachelor of Science (Health and Human Development) from University of Maryland, College Park, MD; a Master of Arts (Education Administration) from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; and a Doctor of Education (Leadership, Policy and Administration) from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

He is the father of Matthew, an MMA Summer Academy graduate and a U.S. Marine veteran, and Katherine, a graduate of the University of Missouri.

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