Faculty & Staff SpotlightEric LaMott

Dr. Eric LaMott

Interim CEO
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Professor of Kinesiology

Eric E. Lamott is Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Concordia University, St. Paul and was named Interim CEO in July 2019. 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 or 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 vis “tuition reset” strategies. He has fun 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 2013-2014. 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 rest,” an implementation model that has been used successfully by Concordia as well as other universities throughout the United States. As an overall university, Dr. LaMott has lead the university to an unprecedented 38% growth over the past five years.

As leader within the Concordia University System, Dr. LaMott was on the core team to negotiate and implement a new comprehensive administration computer system (Banner) across all 10 campuses simultaneously. LaMott has provided leadership and direction for the universities 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 (library resource, storage, operational areas, information technology core sever 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), the acquisition of a new nine-story 100,000 foot building adjacent to campus for the business and growing health sciences, and the conversation of a three-story apartment building into a new physical therapy educational center.

In addition to the administrative expertise, Eric is 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. in Exercise Science from Boise State University (1990) and his PH.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota (1994). Dr. LaMott is currently a candidate in the Council of Independent Colleges Executive Leadership Academy.

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

Academic

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (1995)
  • M.S., Boise State University (1990)
  • B.S., Boise State University (1987)

Academic Interests

Administration, Kinesiology, Sport psychology, Sports injury research, Information technology

Personal Interests

Triathlons, backpacking, mountain climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, cross country skiing, mountain biking, downhill skiing