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Dr. D. Pulane Lucas

President and CEO, Dr. D. Pulane Lucas

Dr. D. Pulane Lucas is a professor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (Health Policy Concentration) from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dr. Lucas completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, East Bay.

Dr. Lucas is currently an assistant professor in business administration and economics (adjunct) at the School of Business at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Lucas is married to the Rev. Dr. Frederick A. Lucas Jr., Founder and Senior Pastor of Brooklyn Community Church, and she is the mother of two children, Stanley and Fredericka.


Dr. Lucas joined the Reynolds Community College faculty in spring 2014. She teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. She enjoys integrating Harvard Business School case studies into her lesson plans. Her courses include Introduction to Business, Principles of Supervision I, Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Ethical Issues in Management. She states that the case method approach helps students think critically about management, administrative, and leadership dilemmas and sharpens their analytical skills as they grapple with complex, real-world business issues.

Dr. Lucas serves on several Reynolds faculty committees, including the Meta-Majors and Guided Pathways Task Force, the Business Administration Advisory Committee, and the School of Business Program Assessment Committee. She has served on the Professional Development and Renewal Committee and participated in the Faculty Learning Community (Strategies for Student Engagement). She is a member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association and Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

In 2017, Dr. Lucas will publish her third book, God and The Self: Insights from Major Thinkers in the Western Philosophical Tradition. This volume draws upon Dr. Lucas' theological and philosophical background and highlights the works of Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, and James. She has coedited an inspirational book for women titled, Voices From The Sisterhood, Spiritual Reflections, Volume 1 (2014). Her first book, Disruptive Transformations in Health Care: The Impact of Technological Innovation and Public Policy in the Hospital Industry (2013), examines the impact of disruptive innovation theory and public policy reform in the health care industry. Dr. Lucas' research is featured in her article, "Disruptive Transformations in Health Care: Technological Innovation and Public Policy Reforms in the Hospital Industry" (2015), which appears in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1.

Dr. Lucas has overseen multi-site, multi-year research studies funded by the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute and United Way of New York City. In 2007, she co-wrote a report titled, "We Speak: New York City Women Living with HIV/AIDS Speak about Their Needs."

Voices From The Sisterhood: Spiritual Reflections, Volume 1

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"The women of the Brooklyn Community Church have clearly opened their hearts, remembrances, and spirits in creating this inspiring work of literature. Their words and reflections provide healing and insight to those who are seeking deeper relationships with God and more fulfilling relationships with sisters everywhere."

— Reverend Dr. Shelia Evans-Tranumn
Former Associate Commissioner of Education New York State Education Department

The women of the Brooklyn Community Church (BCC) are inspired, and they hope to inspire you. A spirited and courageous group of African-American Christians, they seek to encourage women to speak confidently about the goodness of God. Their reflections capture the excitement and spiritual depth of dynamic women of faith who eagerly joined together to launch a women’s ministry that would eventually be known and loved fondly as The Sisterhood. Each woman is an honored member of The Sisterhood, no matter where she stands on her journey to truth, dignity, wisdom, self-respect, and faith. Through their words and images, each contributor to this volume hopes to use her voice to encourage women to love, trust, support, and honor one another.


Dr. Lucas has presented her research at the following conferences:

  • Reynolds College Faculty Professional Development Day, May 11, 2016, "Using the Case Method of Instruction to Engage Community College Students"
  • Virginia Community College System 2016 New Horizons Conference, April 14, 2016, "Using the Case Method of Instruction to Engage Community College Students"
  • 10th Anniversary Reynolds Faculty Symposium, April 1, 2016, "Disruptive Innovation and Public Policy Reforms in Health Care: The Cases of Laparoscopic Appendectomy and Cholecystectomy"
  • American Society for Public Administration 75th Annual Conference - Celebrating the Successes and Promoting the Future of Public Service, March 18, 2014, "Disruptive Innovation and Public Policy Reforms in Health Care: The Cases of Laparoscopic Appendectomy and Cholecystectomy"


Dr. Lucas' research, leadership, and teaching abilities have won her the following awards:

  • George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty
    2016 Award Nominee
    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • VCCS New Horizons 2016, Excellence in Education Awards, Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid
    2016 Award Nominee
    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
    2013 Dissertation Award Nominee
    VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Assistantship
    2013 Awardee
    Virginia Commonwealth University