Denise Lucy, EdD

Denise Lucy headshot


Executive Director, Institute of Leadership Studies

Institute for Leadership Studies

Barowsky School of Business

Denise is a professor of Business and Organizational Studies in the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican. She is also the founder and executive director of the Institute of Leadership Studies. Denise has 35 years of experience in higher education as an educator and executive; first at the University of San Francisco and currently at Dominican. 

Some of her former roles include Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Liberal and Professional Studies, Associate Dean of Dominican College, and Associate Dean and Director of Marketing and Corporate Development at the University of San Francisco’s College of Professional Studies. She is actively involved in the Marin community serving in leadership roles on various non-profit boards. Among the honors she has received are the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame and Magnificent Women of Marin Award, USF’s Griffin Award, Outstanding Business Professor Award and Dominican’s Presidential Medallion and Sr. Aquinas Nimitz Distinguished Service Award.

Denise directs Dominican’s leadership development center: The Institute for Leadership Studies. She teaches and consults in leadership and team development, organizational change, negotiation and conflict management, business communications, business and society, corporate social responsibility, and civic engagement. 


University of San Francisco, Organizations and Leadership, EdD

California State University, Fresno, MS, Clinical Psychology

Michigan State University, BS, Psychology

Research Interests

Research interests include small business export enterprises, leadership, leader and team development, business education, micro-finance poverty reduction.

Honors and Awards

  • Joseph R. Fink Lifetime Achievement Faculty Award, Dominican University of California, 2016-2017
  • Excellence in Education Award, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, 2016-2017
  • Outstanding Service Award, Barowsky School of Business, Dominican University of California, 2014-2015
  • Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011
  • Magnificent Women of Marin, 2008
  • 19th Annual Service Award, 2008
  • Sr. Aquinas Nimitz Distinguished Service Award, Dominican University of California, 2007
  • Dominican University of California Alumni Service Award '07
  • Griffin Award, School of Education Alumni of the Year, University of San Francisco, 2002
  • President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service, Dominican University of California, 2001
  • Merit Award, University of San Francisco, 1987
  • Staff Service Award, College of Professional Studies, University of San Francisco, 1987

Contact Information