Director of Community Engagement

Biography

Donna Armstrong Lackey has spent 34 years in the field of economic, workforce and community development.  She is currently the Director of the University of West Georgia Office of Community Engagement. In this role, she leads programs in regional P-20 educational collaboration, dual career programming, community partnerships, non-profit leadership support and business talent development in the UWG seven-county service area.

Donna has a passion for expanding educational and career opportunities for UWG students and graduates, as well as all residents of the west Georgia area. She works closely with area economic and workforce development professionals and companies in sharing UWG options when recruiting top local talent. 

Prior to joining the UWG Wolves Den, Donna served as Senior Vice President for Carroll Tomorrow and the Carroll County Chamber for 12 years where she directed programming in support of business development, youth leadership training, workforce education, and entrepreneurship in Carroll County. She is best known for her work with The Burson Center, a regional business incubator, recognized in 2009, and again in 2013, as a ‘Top 10 Best Practices Rural Incubation Program’ by the US Department of Commerce and the International Business Innovation Association. Previous work history includes local and regional strategic planning and funding procurement exceeding $200 million across Georgia and East Alabama. 

She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of West Georgia; a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations from Shorter University; and a professional certificate in Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma. Donna also has certifications in organizational management and development finance. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Georgia and served as the 2013 chair of the UWG A-Day Campaign.  Donna is a 33-year member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, and serves on the USG Regents’ Advisory Committee on Community Engagement and Service, the Three Rivers Regional Development Council, and the WorkSource Three Rivers Executive Board.

Donna is very active in the local community as chair of the Carroll County Civil Service Board and as a board member of the West Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center, Partnerships Advancing Student Success, and the Carroll Rural Public Transit Advisory Council. She is an active Rotarian having served as the 2013-14 Past President of the Rotary Club of Carrollton and is a Paul Harris and Will Watt Fellow.

She and her husband, Norman a real estate developer, reside in south Carroll County. They have two grown children, Austin who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and is a Fabrication Designer for Universal Creative in Orlando, FL, and Sierra who graduated from Georgia Southern University and is a VDC Engineer with Holder Construction in Atlanta.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Communications & Public Relations, Shorter University, 1981
  • M.P.A., Master of Public Administration, University of West Georgia, 1985