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Julie Lucas ’97

Chief Advancement Officer

Julie (’97) joined Darlington’s Advancement Office in 2007 and was named chief advancement officer in 2016. Previously, she has served as director of development, director of giving programs and campaign director for Darlington’s Second Century Campaign. Julie holds a B.A. in Communication from Loyola University New Orleans. She and her husband, Sam (’97 LD ’13), have two children, Wilson (’28) and Hudson (’31).

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B.A. Loyola University New Orleans

Episode 166: A Chat with Sara Weeks Dima ('97)

June 27, 2024
In this episode, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97) chats with Sara Weeks Dima ('97) about her experience as a boarding student at Darlington, her career small business owner in the food industry and more.

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Director of Annual Giving

May 15, 2024
The Director of Annual Giving reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for the organization, planning, and management of The Darlington Fund, Darlington’s annual giving program. The Darlington Fund is Darlington’s most important fundraising program and is critical to the financial sustainability of the school. The Director is responsible for managing and engaging over 70 volunteers to help ensure the program’s success. As a member of the Advancement team, the Director shares in the development of comprehensive strategies for all aspects of the School’s fund-raising programs.

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Episode 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Boarding at Darlington

March 14, 2023
In this episode, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97) talks with fellow boarding alumni Scott Dozier ('73), Calista (Harden) Smith ('95, LD '18), Kristen Rachels ('05, LD '16) and Smith Wheeler ('19) in celebration of this year's 100th anniversary of boarding at Darlington School. 

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Episode 96: Love by the Lakeside: Darlington Alumni Love Stories

February 9, 2023
In this episode, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97) chats with Karley ('16) and Seth ('16) Parker in celebration of Valentine's Day. The Parkers share their own love story that began in Mr. Hudson's freshman chemistry class, and then they read submissions from other Darlington alumni who are also married to Darlington alumni. It's a sweet celebration of love by the Lakeside!

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Episode 88: A Chat with Seth ('16) & Luke ('17) Parker

December 15, 2022
In this episode, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97) chats with brothers Seth ('16) and Luke ('17) Parker. They chat about their Darlington experience, life after Darlington, what it's like working for their family business, Parker Systems, and more. 

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Episode 85: Reflections on Thankfulness

November 24, 2022
In this special Thanksgiving episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with several longtime members of the Darlington Community about their reflections on thankfulness. He is joined by History Department Chair Brian Inman, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97), senior day student Belle Brooks, senior boarding student Noah Morris and seventh-grader Siya Patel. Each guest shares what they're thankful for in many different areas of their lives, but especially why they're thankful for the Darlington Community and what makes it special to them.

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Senior Ventures Spotlight: Visiting the Advancement Team

November 2, 2022
The Senior Ventures class met with Darlington's advancement team at the Home-on-the-Hill.

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Episode 75: A Chat with Crawford Brock ('72) and Steve Winkler ('72, LD '15)

September 15, 2022
In this episode, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97) chats with Crawford Brock ('72) and Steve Winkler ('72, LD '15). The Class of 1972 shares a unique comradery that is legendary within the Darlington Community. Brock and Winkler reminisce on Darlington memories, talk about their upcoming 50th reunion celebration and share about their class-endowed scholarship.

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Podcast Episode 31: A Chat with Sam Moss ('63)

November 4, 2021
In this Darlington Connects episode, host Julie Lucas ('97), Darlington's chief advancement officer, talks with longtime Dean of College Guidance Sam Moss ('63) about his time at Darlington as a student, his career path, and his upcoming retirement after 40 years of service to Darlington and 55 years in independent school education.

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Podcast Episode 26: A Look Into Darlington Connects

September 30, 2021
Welcome to Episode 26 of The Darlington Podcast! In this episode, guest host Bob Berry ('64) chats with members of the advancement team Julie Lucas ('97), Carson Raymond, and Becca Wood, about the Darlington Connects program.

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