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George M. Luckey, Jr.

In March of 2003, the Morehead State University Honors Program was renamed The George M. Luckey, Jr. Academic Honors Program. This naming was in honor of Dr. Luckey, a dedicated director of the program from 1990 until he retired in 2003. Dr. Luckey taught for over 40 years as a professor of philosophy at Morehead State University, where he was recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. During this tenure, he made 50 professional presentations and was a featured speaker at many international and national conferences, as well as numerous regional and state association meetings. He led 40 critical thinking workshops for public school teachers and college faculty in more than 20 states.

Mac is married to Sue Y Luckey, a former department chair in MSU’s College of Business and special assistant to MSU President Ronald G. Eaglin. They received their Ph.D. degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and were awarded honorary Doctor of Public Service degrees from Morehead State University in 2008. In retirement, Mac and Sue continue their academic interests by writing and editing the College Portfolio for Success, a textbook for freshman seminars. They divide their leisure time between homes in Morehead, Kentucky; Paris, Tennessee; and Bakersville, North Carolina.

When asked what he would tell the Honors students entering the program now, Mac said, “Change is inevitable. Look for opportunities to grow. You’re at least partially creating yourself with each new thought and new decision and new day. While there may be a permanent core in you, called 'soul' or 'self', university education is about adding something to what you already are. After a year or two at MSU, if you can't say 'when I came here I believed X, now I realize there are other ways of looking at it,' then Honors and MSU will have failed you."

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