Dr. R. Alton Lacey took the reins of Missouri Baptist University in 1995 as the University’s sixth president. Under his leadership, MBU’s enrollment has more than doubled; the University has introduced graduate and post-graduate programs and a multitude of new undergraduate degrees; MBU has seen a $10 million campaign–the largest development project in MBU’s history–successfully come to fruition.
Lacey has earned degrees in chemical engineering (B.S.-Louisiana Tech University), religious education (M.A.-Southwestern Seminary) and psychology (Ph.D. – SWBTS) and has done postgraduate work at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. Academic honors include membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership) and Omega Chi Epsilon (chemical engineering).
He is married to Pat, an accomplished vocal performer and Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri Baptist University. They have two children: Aaron (born 1977), an attorney in Washington D.C., and Brenna (born 1984), a recent vocal performance graduate of Belmont University.