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Lassen joins Lamar University as vice president for finance and operations

Gregg Lassen will join Lamar University’s executive team Feb. 15 as vice president for finance and operations, officials announced today. Lassen has served as executive vice president with a portfolio that includes all business affairs and student affairs functions at the University of Texas at Tyler since 2006.

“Gregg brings a track record of success and a lot of experience to the position,” said James Simmons, Lamar University president. “He has served in higher education since 2000 and has nearly two decades of corporate experience to draw on as well.

“He is not only adept at managing the financial and business operations of a major university, he is also a life-long learner who has continually enlarged his own world through education,” Simmons said. “I am very pleased to welcome such a champion of higher education to the administrative team.”

Lassen joins Lamar at a good time in the university’s history, with record enrollment, new construction and programs, and the return of football last fall. Lamar’s fall 2010 student enrollment was 13,388, an all-time record for the university. Lamar University employs more than 1,400 faculty and staff and generates more than $310 million in economic impact annually through employment, organizational operations, and student and visitor spending.

At UT-Tyler, Lassen was responsible for all non-academic departments except development, including the budget office, financial services, student business services, information technology, human resources, the physical plant, institutional compliance, environmental health and safety, university police, the Cowan Center, and contracted services including food and bookstore operations in business affairs, and enrollment management, student life, residence life, athletics, and recreational sports in student affairs.

An advocate of the value of lifelong education, Lassen holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Southern Mississippi and a law degree from the University of Houston. He earned an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

He joined the UT-Tyler administration in 2006 from the University of Southern Mississippi where he held the position of vice president for business affairs for two- and-a-half years. Prior to that, Lassen had worked at the University of Phoenix, starting as a faculty member in the Sperling School of Business. He became a department chair and was associate dean before moving to Southern Mississippi. Before beginning his career in higher education, Lassen spent 18 years in the energy industry, in a wide variety of assignments including financial and commercial management, regulatory affairs, business development, negotiations, marketing, and auditing across the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors in the corporate environment.

Lassen, his wife Jackie, and their three daughters plan to reside in Beaumont.