Luke joined the Institute for Shipboard Education in 2009 and currently serves as as the Director of Corporate Engagement and Individual Giving. Luke played a key role in creating Unreasonable at Sea as well as starting and building the Social EntrepreneurSHIP Program at Semester at Sea
Luke’s professional career includes over 10 years of experience higher education. He has worked in residence life, housing, Greek life, admissions, campus involvement, and new student programs. Luke holds a B.A. degree in communications, an M.A.Ed. degree in student affairs, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Washington State University. His research focus was spiritual development of undergraduates in public institutions of higher education. He is interested in improving our world and communities through experiential learning that impacts how we understand ourselves in relation to others, changes the way we see the world, and serves as a catalyst for change.
He has taught undergraduate courses in leadership development and communications. Luke has traveled extensively and in 2000 spent time in Cape Town South Africa teaching English, developing youth programs, and worked with township youth. Prior to his work in higher education, Luke enjoyed a career in broadcasting which included Fisher Radio in Seattle Bunim/Murray Productions in Los Angeles and Publicis Seattle. He sailed with Semester at Sea as a living-learning coordinator in fall 2004, as the assistant executive dean in spring 2009 and executive dean in May 2012.