Ronald Lackey Public Service Award
Ronald D. Lackey
2015 - Sara Adams
Lackey Chapel – named in memory of Ronald D. Lackey – was constructed entirely from private gifts and dedicated in 2011.
The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award was established in 1991 in honor of the late Dr. Ron Lackey for his dedication to campus and community service. The award is presented annually to a Coastal senior who serves the university community with conspicuous service through involvement and leadership in campus and community activities.
Dr. Lackey graduated from Furman University. He 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 SC Consortium of International Studies' China Fulbright project. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society, the Faculty Senate, the National Association of College and University Chaplains and many other organizations in the university and community. He served a number of churches as interim pastor. A video,"Mystery of the Dance: Healers and Wounded in Dialogue", chronicles Dr. 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 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; and
- have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life.
Finalists for this award are recognized at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards Ceremony held each April.