Patricia Lacy was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where she majored in philosophy and theology. During the course of her studies at Mary Baldwin, Patricia did a study abroad at Oxford University in England. After attaining her undergraduate degree, Patricia attended graduate school at Yale University, further pursuing studies in philosophy and theology. Upon completing her studies at Yale, she took a 20-year break from attending school to pursue business interests.
Patricia has worked across a broad spectrum of business ventures. After Yale, she lived and worked in Anchorage, Alaska. She returned to Virginia where she owned and managed investment rental properties. In addition she had an antique business, specializing in pre-Victorian furniture, quilts and baskets. Before coming to Oregon Patricia worked as the Director of Education at a non-profit organization in Wytheville, Virginia.
In August 1994, she entered University of Oregon School of Law, to pursue her Juris Doctorate. She graduated in 1997, and has since completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Lyle Velure of the Lane County Circuit Court. She worked briefly in a law firm in Lebanon, prior to arriving at Oregon State University in October 2000.
Currently, Patricia works for the students of Oregon State University in the ASOSU Office of Advocacy. She works to uphold the best interests of students during times of dispute or misunderstanding with the university or any of its administrative units. The Office of Advocacy assists students in the following areas: ASOSU advising, academic dishonesty, campus OSP & Public Safety, faculty misconduct, financial aid, grade appeals, INTO OSU, parking, residency appeals, student conduct, student health insurance, student accounts, and University Housing & Dining Services. In addition to working to resolve disputes, Patricia also works with students to enrich and strengthen their educational experience. She meets with students interested in attending law school and speaks to student organizations. She offers trainings on the issues of supervising peers and resolving conflict. Advising students and fellow ASOSU staff members as they work on projects and assignments is another critical aspect of Patricia’s job.
Patricia is the mother of three grown children. Her daughter has graduated from college and taught English overseas in Japan. She is now married to an OSU professor and is the mother of Patricia's only grandchild. The older of her two sons recently graduated from the University of Oregon, with a major in Environmental Studies. He has a landscaping and design business. Her younger son is currently completing two years with the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program in Shibushi, Japan. Patricia has been married to Norman Carlson for twelve years.