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Gary Lacy

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Education

Currently, I serve as Professor, Human Services and Human Development at State University of New York, Center for Distance Learning, Empire State College. Before this appointment, I served as Dean of SUNY/Empire State College in Hartsdale, New York. I bring over 25 years of experience in teaching, community organizing, research, evaluation and policy analysis. I also served as Associate Dean and Director of Curriculum Instruction at Springfield College. I led the development of the Project Sequence, and taught Graduate Project I-IV and Advocacy and Policy Analysis.
In Chapel Hill, NC I conducted large-scale qualitative and quantitative evaluations of employment, juvenile justice projects and education programs. I worked as a policy analyst for the Children’s' Defense Fund in Washington DC, focusing on policy development and community organizing. I spend two years with the National Crime Prevention Council, focusing on crimes issues and working with local communities. I was Deputy CEO to the National PTA, leading its lobbying efforts on legislative initiative such as NCLB, IDEA and violence in the schools. For 15 years, I have taught policy analysis and advocacy (in human services). I currently work with Laureate Universities and teach research courses in the doctoral program. I have written articles on advocacy, youth development and have published a book on Head Start. My doctorate is in counselor education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. . .Go Hokies!

Courses Taught

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory


EdD, Virginia Polytechnical and State University - Blacksburg, VA United States