Lacy (Howard) Hunter ’04
Lacey Grey Hunter graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in French and a minor in leadership studies, and as a member of the President’s Leadership program. During her time at CNU, she rode for the CNU Equestrian Team, served as a Leadership Adventure Facilitator (President’s Leadership Program orientation for new students), and within SGA (Student Body Vice President). She also had the opportunity to join Mrs. Racheau as a chaperone for the FCS Summer Mission Trip to France in 2007 between her junior and senior year!
After graduating from CNU, Lacey attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. She spent the next year working in Advancement at CNU and also for the late state Senator John Miller. She completed her master’s degree in higher education from the University of South Carolina in 2011.
Lacey returned to CNU around that time as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations where she was hired to keep in touch with her fellow CNU alumni, Captains for Life. Lacey had the chance to successfully coordinate numerous alumni events, alumni chapter chartering, and five Homecomings after which she joined the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. There she raised funds to ensure the lessons of our country’s history are preserved and taught to future generations. After four years of working for Colonial Williamsburg, she transitioned to William & Mary where she raised funds for scholarships and special projects. In 2018, she came back to CNU to serve as the Director of the President’s Leadership program – a four-year, co-curricular, scholarship-based program that provides students with the leadership skills and competencies to bring about needed and positive change in the world.
Lacey met her husband, Henry through church in 2010. They were married in 2012 and former FCS librarian, Traci Doyle, served as her matron of honor. Henry is a Captain in the US Air Force Reserves. They live in Newport News with their couch potato greyhound, Annie.
Service in the community has been a personal value cultivated during Lacey’s time at FCS and CNU. Whether living in Fredericksburg, Columbia (SC), or Newport News, she has sought to know and serve her community. Seeing her Presidents Leadership program students do the same is awesome – they are changing lives on a daily basis in small, sustainable ways that turn into huge wins!
Lacey’s favorite verse is Philippians 4:6-7 and to this day, she knows it better in French thanks to Mrs. Racheau. She used scripture as her curriculum to teach her students another language. To know that God speaks all languages and to praise him in both English and French is an incredible gift.
Pictured is Lacey (center), her husband (left), after catching up with her FCS middle school Principal from FCS, Don Taylor (right).