Dr. John Lata is in his first year as a member of the Academic Staff in the Florida State University Department of Athletics, after 18 years leading the Student Services department. He is the Academic Advisor for the Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Beach Volleyball teams. He also serves as the administrative sport oversight for the nationally prominent Florida State baseball team.
Lata spent three years in the Compliance office at Florida State upon initially arriving in Tallahassee and has taught courses at FSU in Sport Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also taught classes in Career Planning and First Year Experience courses, very recently was an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University teaching graduate level courses in Sport Law, Sport Ethics, Sport Marketing and Athletic Administration.
Lata has served as an administrative panel member on university-wide Student Rights and Responsibilities cases. He also served on the Seminole Booster Stewardship Council, was a Board member of the non-profit Dick Howser Center for developmentally challenged children and has served as the Honorary Chairperson for the FSU Relay for Life. In 2007 he received the Partners with a Purpose award from FSU for outstanding service to the University and the Division of Student Affairs.
Lata received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Kansas and completed his Ph.D. in Sport Administration from Florida State University in 2006.
Lata is the father of three grown boys, Brenden, Jeff and JT and is married to wife, Christina.