Raymond LaCroix Jr. has been named interim president of Lyon College during the medical leave of Donald Weatherman. LaCroix will hold the position until President-elect Joseph King begins his appointment on July 1.
LaCroix currently serves as president of LaCroix Optical in Batesville, Ark. LaCroix Optical is a second-generation family business specializing in custom precision optical components. Founded in 1947, the company has operated in Arkansas since 1966.
LaCroix is a longtime friend of the college and served as an elected member of its Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2013. During his tenure, he served as chairman from 2006-2012 as well as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, vice chairman of the Personnel Subcommittee and member of the Business and Finance, Executive and Student Life committees. He is currently a member of the President’s Council and a lifetime member of the Friends of the Library.
LaCroix has given often and generously to the college, regularly supporting the Annual Fund, the Arkansas Scottish Festival and student scholarships. He has also assisted in funding numerous capital projects, including the current renovation of Brown Chapel and the construction of Lyon’s new residence halls.
To honor his profound commitment to and enthusiasm for Lyon and his outstanding work in his field, Lyon awarded LaCroix an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2013. This academic degree is conferred on persons who have contributed significantly to the humanities.
LaCroix lives in Batesville with his wife, Diane. The couple has two daughters: Julie LaCroix-Webb, a high school teacher in Dallas, and Michelle Warden, a radiologist at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Lyon is more than just a college. It's a community distinguished by its academic curriculum, unique honor and social systems, and award-winning professors.