Strong Christian leadership has helped MBU become a flourishing liberal arts college. Our leaders are a living example of our mission statement: ensuring professional and personal success without compromising your faith.
Dr. R. Alton Lacey took the reigns of Missouri Baptist University in 1995 as the University’s sixth president. Under his leadership, MBU’s enrollment has more than doubled; the University has introduced graduate and post-graduate programs and a multitude of new undergraduate degrees; MBU has seen a $10 million campaign–the largest development project in MBU’s history–successfully come to fruition.
Lacey has earned degrees in chemical engineering (B.S.-Louisiana Tech University), religious education (M.A.-Southwestern Seminary) and psychology (Ph.D. – SWBTS) and has done postgraduate work at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. Academic honors include membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership) and Omega Chi Epsilon (chemical engineering).
He is married to Pat, an accomplished vocal performer and Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri Baptist University. They have two children: Aaron (born 1977), an attorney in Washington D.C., and Brenna (born 1984), a recent vocal performance graduate of Belmont University.
Dr. Arlen Dykstra, MBU provost and vice president for academic affairs, has served in multiple capacities since beginning his employment at MBU in 1972, including: academic dean, professor of history, chairperson for the Social Science Division and director of student development. Dykstra holds a B.A. in behavioral science from Covenant Seminary, a M.A. in history and a Ph.D in American History from Saint Louis University.
Dykstra and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of two sons, Ben and the late Kristopher, and have two granddaughters, Danielle and Whitney.
Dr. Andrew Chambers, vice president for Student Development and Associate Professor of Bible, has served at MBU since 1997, formerly as assistant professor of Bible and dean of students. Chambers oversees campus departments including residence life, student activities, career services, and international studies.
Chambers, a St. Louis native, holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla, and a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He and his wife, Diana, have four children, Amanda, Bethany, Eric, and Michael.
Mr. Keith Ross has worked as MBU’s vice president for institutional advancement since 1998. Other positions he has held at MBU include: Director of Development from 1997-1998 and Associate Director of Admissions from 1995-1997. In 2001, Keith served as President of the Missouri Baptist Development Council.
Keith is an active deacon and has served on various committees at his church, First Baptist Church of Harvester in St. Charles. Keith and his wife, Ginger, have one daughter, Madaline.
Mr. Ken Revenaugh, vice president for business affairs, has worked at MBU since 1992, previously serving as business
manager and chief financial officer. Revenaugh supervises business affairs and campus support services at MBU.
Revenaugh, originally from Omaha, Neb., graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a B.S. in business administration, specializing in management. He and his wife Sharilyn have two daughters, Kristin and Carla.