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Ronald D. Lackey Service Award

The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award was established in 1991 in honor of the late Ron Lackey for his dedication to campus and ‌community service. The award is presented annually to a Coastal Carolina senior who serves the university community with conspicuous service through involvement and leadership in campus and community activities.

  • 2023 Tyrik Pierre
  • 2022 Sage Short
  • 2021 Anaiya Moore
  • 2020 Madeline N. Filling
  • 2019 Krystina M. Millar
  • 2018 Adrian F. Anderson
  • 2017 Kelsie A. Miller
  • 2016 Steven O. Vanden Heuvel
  • 2015 Sara Adams
  • 2014 Meghan Laffin
  • 2013 Courtney Elliton
  • 2012 Heather Estep
  • 2011 Allison Mitchell
  • 2010 Jessica Emig
  • 2009 Todd Harwell
  • 2008 Marissa Mitzner
  • 2007 Janet Shokal
  • 2006 John Adamec
  • 2005 Jason A. Schipper
  • 2004 Amanda Silva
  • 2003 Brian C. Nunez
  • 2002 Michelle L. Ward
  • 2001 Kevin Cox
  • 2000 Brian Behrens
  • 1999 Porter N. Medley III
  • 1998 Donnie Jones
  • 1997 James D. Dukes Jr.
  • 1996 Trista R. Welsh
  • 1995 Jennifer Agresta
  • 1994 Andrew Stonefield
  • 1993 S. Mark Sikes
  • 1992 Clay Fearrington
  • 1991 Donna Radcliffe
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Ronald LackeyRonald D. Lackey graduated from Furman University and received his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary at Wake Forest and did post-graduate work at Duke University. He received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Florida State University. He came to Coastal as dean of Student Affairs in 1974. In 1977 he became associate professor of religious studies and university chaplain. He retired in 1994.

Lackey received Coastal' s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1979. In 1998, he participated in the South Carolina Consortium of International Studies' China Fulbright project. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society, Faculty Senate, National Association of College and University Chaplains and many other organizations in the community. He served a number of churches as interim pastor. A video, "Mystery of the Dance: Healers and Wounded in Dialogue," chronicles Lackey's story of finding meaning and spiritual growth through the challenges of a chronic illness. He and his wife, Marva, presented national and international seminars exploring the potential healing of mind, body and spirit through illness narrative. Marva and sons Dean, Scott and Mark continue to encourage students to seek meaning and fulfillment in their own lives in the service of the university and community.


To be considered for this award, undergraduate students must be nominated by one of their peers or by a faculty or staff member and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Will graduate in May, August or December of the year of nomination
  • Have been significantly involved in campus organizations
  • Have provided leadership and service that has benefited the campus
  • Have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life

To nominate a student, please click HERE. Finalists will be recognized at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards Ceremony (SILA) on Tuesday, April 24, 2024 at 6 p.m. in the Allen Ballroom.  



Lackey Chapel

Coastal Carolina University's Lackey Chapel – named in memory of Ronald D. Lackey – was constructed entirely from private gifts and dedicated in 2011. Lackey Chapel is located on University Boulevard across from Blanton Park.