Name: Lucas Applewhite

Professional Title: Director of Facilities Planning and Management | Coastal Operations | The University of Southern Mississippi

Bio: As Director of Facilities Planning and Management for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Coastal Operations since 2021, Lucas oversees all facilities operations and management functions at USM’s satellite campuses, laboratories, and teaching sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Lucas is an Air Force veteran who served for 21 years in multiple assignments and was responsible for budget, project, and operations management at various units.  In these roles, Lucas has successfully managed operational and construction projects and has been responsible for millions of dollars in project funds. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern New Hampshire University and holds the Project Management Professional and Certified Educational Facilities Professional certifications.