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Charles C. Lucas III Elected Trustee of The Duke Endowment.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Business and civic leader Charles C. Lucas III has been elected a trustee of The Duke Endowment at the foundation's Oct. 4 meeting.

"Charlie Lucas has distinguished himself not only through his professional activities but also through his long record of dedicated volunteer service and his support of civic enterprises," said Russell M. Robinson II, chairman of the board of The Duke Endowment. "His knowledge of the Carolinas and the not- for-profit world, especially in areas served by the Endowment, give him deep insights into our mission. We are pleased and proud to have him join us on the board."

Lucas is a partner in The McAulay Firm, a Charlotte-based executive search consultant specializing in searches for middle- and upper-level managers. Prior to joining the firm in 1996, he spent six years as a specialist in corporate law at the Charlotte law firm Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. He earlier worked for almost three years as a credit analyst, corporate banking associate and corporate banking officer at First Union National Back of North Carolina.

A native of Charlotte, Lucas graduated cum laude from the Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., in 1980. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors in 1984 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned his law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1990.

Lucas is active in Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, where he served as president from 2002 to 2003; Close to a Cure, a fund for Parkinson's disease research, where he is on the steering committee; and the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is a trustee and chair of the marketing and community relations task force. He is also active in alumni and advancement activities at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Woodberry Forest School.

His previous volunteer activities include service to the Charlotte Chamber Transportation Committee, Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, Community Health Services in Charlotte, the Mecklenburg County Waste Management Advisory Board, the Mint Museum of Art, the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the United Way of Central Carolinas.

He and his wife, Mimi Deaton Lucas, have three sons and make their home in Charlotte.

Founded in 1924 by North Carolina industrialist James Buchanan Duke, The Duke Endowment is one of the nation's largest private foundations. Its mission is to serve the people of North Carolina and South Carolina by supporting selected programs of higher education, health care, children's welfare, and spiritual life.

In 2003, the Endowment approved grants of more than $108 million. Awards since 1924 total more than $1.9 billion.

CONTACT: David H. Roberson, Director of Communications of The Duke Endowment, +1-704-376-0291, or droberson@tde.org

Web site: http://www.dukeendowment.org/
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