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Ronald Lackey Public Service Award



Ronald D. Lackey
Service Award

P A S T   R E C I P I E N T S


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


Living in Love_Lackey Chapel

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.

Ronald Lackey

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.