College of Professional Studies
Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award
Earnell R. Lucas, CPS '00
Born and raised in Milwaukee and a decorated veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, Earnell Lucas is vice president of security and facility management for Major League Baseball. He is responsible for establishing and directing all of Major League Baseball's security and facility management policies, procedures, and programs. His job takes him to Major League Baseball parks and events around the nation and world.
Earnell is proud to have overseen security efforts at two World Series games; the 2008 All-Star Game at famed Yankee Stadium; the '09 opening of new Yankee Stadium; the '09 World Baseball Classic; and the '09 All-Star Game in St. Louis at which President Obama threw out the first pitch.
Before his promotion to Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Earnell spent six years in charge of security for Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig. Before joining the commissioner's office, Earnell enjoyed a 25-year career with the Milwaukee Police Department, retiring as captain. He also was department spokesman for seven years for two chiefs of police.
"To me, it's an honor and a privilege to ensure the safety and integrity of America's pastime," Earnell says. "In today's world, it's imperative to acquire new technology and develop new techniques to protect the safety of the ballplayers, the fans and all those who enjoy the game of baseball."
Earnell graduated cum laude from Marquette in 2000 with a degree in criminology and law studies. He also is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, at which he was awarded the Franklin Kreml Leadership Award.
Fun facts about Earnell
Someone (past or present) he’d like to have dinner with: Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall