DENVER, CO. Eric Luskin, Senior Vice President Emeritus at The Scion Group, has been named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious S. Earl Thompson Award by the Association of College & University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I).
Rapidly rising enrollment on U.S. campuses after World War II overwhelmed the housing capacity of many campuses. The need to house and feed these students—including an unprecedented number of married students—focused the attention of campus administrations on housing problems. S. Earl Thompson, then director of housing at the University of Illinois, proposed that campus housing officers from across the country should meet to discuss these challenges. He and his staff prepared a program and invited delegates to attend a national conference at the University in July 1949.
From that event grew the Association of College & University Housing Officers-International. Today, the S. Earl Thompson annual award, considered among the most prestigious in the campus housing sector, “recognizes an individual who is not directly related to ACUHO-I, but who has made a significant contribution to the campus housing field through his or her efforts.”
Eric Luskin has worked in the student housing field since 1975, including a combined 27 years on the campuses of Northern Illinois University, Ashland University, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and DePaul University. Becoming a principal of The Scion Group in 2002, he led Scion’s advisory practice and assisted clients in more than 150 campus markets throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Mexico and the U.K. Over his career, he has served ACUHO-I as the host committee chair of the Apartments Conference, chair of the Certificate in Occupancy Management committee, authored the chapter on “Legal, Safety and Operational Issues” in the ACUHO-I publication College and University Apartment Housing and as a presenter at numerous conferences and webinars on a diverse range of topics, including pest control, child care, community centers, strategic planning and the Fair Housing Act. After announcing his partial retirement in 2016, Mr. Luskin continues to serve select Scion clients, facilitates campus workshops on Fair Housing, and provides FHA compliance training for Scion’s off-campus communities. Upon his retirement, Scion made a donation to ACUHO-I in his honor to help launch the first-ever Mid-Level Management Institute. Mr. Luskin is also a Certified Property Manager® through the Institute of Real Estate Management (and the prior recipient of the Michigan Property Manager of the Year award), a graduate of Wilmington College (Ohio) and of Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.