Dr. Deb Luckadoo is clearly a champion of change. I remember sitting as a guest at a Student Affairs division meeting several years ago, listening to Deb enthusiastically encouraging staff members to participate in the annual giving campaign. I admit my eyes were glazing over a bit during that meeting, but as soon as Deb took the podium in Stewart Theater, I snapped back to attention. Deb was so engaging and energetic as a speaker that I couldn’t help but pay attention to every word she was saying. Fast forward a short while, and Deb arrived in my office, the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) as the new Director of Staff Diversity. It wasn’t long before she was bringing fresh ideas to her area, including more engaging and informative resources for New Employee Orientation, the campus-wide Staff Diversity Advisory Board, the new staff women’s networking group (WINGS), and the first NC State Managers’ Conference. As her colleague, I admire her persistence, open-mindedness, and critical thinking. Deb isn’t satisfied with status quo. She constantly works to make NC State even better.

Deb has served NC State for over two decades. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Higher Education, she created and taught the foundation courses for the Student Affairs specialization within the Higher Ed Administration graduate program, also serving on doctoral committees within the department of Leadership, Adult, and Higher Education. From 1994-1998, Deb served as Associate Director of Student Conduct, during which time she was instrumental in developing a comprehensive Academic Integrity Initiative, implementing a newsletter, seminar, and review board and working with faculty across campus to make significant progress in improving awareness and effectiveness in this area. From 1998-2012, she served as Director of Campus Activities, responsible for developing and/or advancing major initiatives, including Parents and Families Services, which won national recognition as a model program; Wolfpack Welcome Week, which continues to give freshmen and transfer students a positive start at NC State; the GLBT Center, for which she co-authored the initial proposal and helped generate campus-wide support to secure funding for its operation; and the Common Reading Program for incoming freshmen students, which has expanded every year. For her long and impressive record of effort and achievement, Deb should be recognized as one of NC State’s champions of change. Thanks, Deb!