Illinois State University will bid farewell to Vice President for Academic Fiscal Management Alan Lacy on May 2.
Lacy has been a part of ISU for 20 years, beginning as the chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, now known as the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
“At the school, college, and university level, his professionalism, collegiality, calm demeanor, and quiet humor have made him a trusted leader,” Media Relations Director Eric Jome said. “He will certainly be missed and we wish him well in retirement.”
Jome, a close friend of Lacy, will say a few words. Additional speakers will be interim Dean of the College of Education Kevin Laudner, professor in the College of Education Deb Garrahy, professor at the School of Kinesiology and Recreation Barb Schlatter, and Associate vice President for Undergraduate Education Amy Hurd.
Garrahy has known Lacy since he first came to Illinois State and became the Director of the School of Recreation and Kinesiology, and she has appreciated him as a role model and leader.
“He has been a role model for many across campus. For those of us who have had the privilege to work directly with him, I believe his abilities as a leader were foundational in many of us choosing administrative paths at ISU,” Garrahy said. “I know they were for me.”
Laudner was hired into his first position by Lacy 15 years ago. As director, Lacy was able to offer him advice.
“I’ll miss a lot of things about Alan, but one of the big ones will just be his openness,” Laudner said. “He was always willing to meet with me about any topic and provide some advice, serve as a sounding board, and at times, tell me the things that I didn’t want to hear, but needed to.”
After working as the Director of the School and Kinesiology and Recreation, he moved on to become the associate dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology in 2006. In 2015, he moved to the Office of the Provost in his current position.
“What I will most miss, his dry sense of humor. His serious demeanor throws people off, but he is so funny,” Hurd said. “I will also miss getting his perspectives on different situations. He is able to see things from so many different perspectives and is willing to talk things through.”
His replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Lacy will officially retire on June 30.