Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas
The 2013 Winter-Reed Partnership Award was presented to Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, president emeritus and professor of higher education at The University of Southern Mississippi, during a tribute dinner Oct. 1 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.
In 1975, Dr. Lucas became the sixth president of his alma mater, Southern Miss, launching an era of unprecedented growth and transformation for the university. Over the course of his 22-year tenure, he led the formation of the Teaching and Learning Resource Center, the Center for International Education, the Polymer Science Institute and the Institute for Learning in Retirement.
A founding member of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Dr. Lucas also was a champion of the university's arts and music programs and twice served as interim president, in 2001 and 2012.