Christendom College

Longtime Political Science Professor Delivers Last Lecture and Retires

May 11, 2015

luckey-last-2Dr. William Luckey, who has been teaching political science and economics courses at Christendom since 1984, gave his final lecture as a professor at the school this past week. A former chairman of the political science department, Luckey will continue on as a scholar in residence at Christendom following the end of the academic year.

Luckey announced his retirement earlier this year, after devoting over thirty years of his academic career to the Christendom community. An acclaimed and accredited economist, Luckey helped introduce and refine the economic course offerings at Christendom since the 1980s. Fittingly, Luckey gave his final lecture as a Christendom professor in one of his most popular classes: “microeconomics,” a study of how the economy functions in individual levels of activity.

“Dr. Luckey provided many years of great service to the college,” says college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, in an address given earlier this year. “Dr. Luckey was essential in the development of our political science department. We owe him a great deal of gratitude and are excited at the prospect of him continuing on as a scholar in residence for the school.”

Many alumni and friends of the college arrived to listen to Luckey’s final lecture, celebrating his years of service to the college, and thanking him for the leadership and guidance he provided to every Christendom student over the years.

luckey-lastLuckey was recently honored by becoming the namesake of the first “William H. Luckey Award for Outstanding Political Science and Economics Thesis,” to be awarded to a senior majoring in political science and economics every year at Christendom. Graduating senior Stephen Snyder was the inaugural recipient.

Luckey received his B.A. from St. John’s University, New York, in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy, and served in the United States Marine Corps. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Fordham University. In the 1990’s, he received an M.B.A. from Shenandoah University and an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, where he was a student of Nobel Prize winner James Buchanan. He has been published in Faith and Reason, The Journal of Markets and Morality, and published “The Contribution of John Courtney Murray, S.J.: A Catholic Perspective” in John Courtney Murray and the American Civil Conversation, edited by Grasso and Hunt. He is an adjunct scholar of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and is a member of the Board of Scholars of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.

Luckey will continue his relationship with the college as a scholar in residence, working as an author and guest speaker.

To see Dr. Luckey’s final lecture as a professor at Christendom College, please click here.