James P. Lucas was recognized for his many contributions to Miles Community College on January 25, 2010 when the MCC Board of Trustees voted to approve the naming of the Administration Building the James P. Lucas Hall. The Administration Building is the main building which houses the administrative offices, along with faculty offices and classrooms. The Administration Building encompasses the variety of ways Mr. Lucas has been involved with the campus for more than fifty years. Without his passion for community colleges, MCC would not be the success it is today.
James P. Lucas was the founder and original member of the Miles Community College Endowment Board, which was created in 1964. He was a long standing member of the MCC Board of Trustees. Mr. Lucas has been a notable promoter and member of the Pioneer Booster Club. He was the chair of the committee that created and funded the MCC Centra project. Mr. Lucas, most recently, was the recipient of the 2008 Western Regional Trustee Leadership award from the Association of Community College Trustees. Along with his work as an advocate for Miles Community College, he has always been active in the Miles City community, as well as state and national organizations.
A ceremony was held to show appreciation for Mr. Lucas’ dedication and extraordinary service to MCC students, faculty and staff and to commemorate the naming of the James P. Lucas Hall.