Eric LaMott

Provost & Chief Operating Officer, Concordia University, St. Paul

Biography

Eric E. LaMott is Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. LaMott serves as the chief operating officer as well as chief information officer.  He reports directly to the president and has the responsibility of executing the strategic plan through the day to day operation. The chief financial officer, chief academic officer and chief enrollment officers report to him.  

As COO, Dr. LaMott leads the strategic planning team, the budget task force, the enrollment management leadership team and the campus master plan.  With the CFO, Dr. LaMott manages the current budget and works with the university vice presidents and deans to prepare the next year’s budget.  He leads the Finance and Operations sub-committee for the Board of Regents and presents at each board meeting on all matters of university budget, strategy/tactics for implementing the strategic plan, as well as curriculum and staffing initiatives.  LaMott presents/consults regionally and nationally on many topics including enrollment management, online education, and institutional fiscal management via “tuition reset” strategies.  He has fund raising responsibilities and manages a list of top 5% benefactors.  

LaMott is especially experienced in higher education administration, enrollment, and pricing models. The work Dr. LaMott and his team conducted on various pricing models led to Concordia becoming the first university in the nation to announce a tuition reset, stepping back the cost of tuition for all students by $10,000 in 2013-14. This move led to a 33% growth in inquiries and applications and has brought Concordia two years of record-breaking enrollment as the surrounding market saw substantial losses.  His team coined the term “tuition reset,” an implementation model that has been used successfully by Concordia as well as other universities throughout the United States.

As leader within the Concordia University System, Dr. LaMott was on the core team to negotiate and implement a new comprehensive administrative and academic computer system (Banner) across all 10 campuses simultaneously. LaMott has provided leadership and direction for the university’s 2000 move to NCAA Div. II athletics enhancing the university regional and national visibility and enrollment growth.  LaMott championed the Educational Technology Initiative resulting in Concordia being the first and only private “Laptop” university in Minnesota.

LaMott has led the successful design and construction of several facilities on campus including; the Library Technology Center (library resource, storage and operational areas, information technology core server room and offices, as well as state of the art classrooms) a 400 bed apartment style student housing project, a new athletic stadium (track, football/soccer field, inflatable dome over the field in winter months, bleacher/press box), and the conversion of a three story apartment building into a new physical therapy educational center.

In addition to the administrative expertise, Eric is a tenured full Professor and serves as Department Chair for the Kinesiology Department where he still carries a teaching load while serving as an academic advisor to students. The Kinesiology department has grown to be one of the largest departments on the campus with degree offerings across the undergraduate and graduate spectrum as well as delivery formats.  Dr. LaMott teaches in diverse formats including traditional face-to-face, synchronous and asynchronous pedagogies.  LaMott’s higher education memberships include: American Psychology Association (APA), CASE, NACUBO, and Council of Independent Colleges.  

Dr. LaMott received his B.S. degree in Psychology (1987) and an M.S. degree in Exercise Science from Boise State University (1990) and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota (1994).  Dr. LaMott is current a candidate in the Council of Independent Colleges Executive Leadership Academy.  

Outside of higher education, Eric is especially interested in pre-k-12 education, serves on the educational advisory board and fund raising campaign chair for St. Ambrose of Woodbury, he enjoys personal fitness, running, triathlons, downhill skiing and cycling.