John Lata is entering his 12th year as a member of the Student Services staff in the Florida State University Department of Athletics, assisting student-athletes with financial aid, community service, counseling, leadership, transitional, and career development issues as part of his job duties. He also serves as the administrative sport oversight for the FSU baseball team. He received his Ph.D. in sport administration from Florida State in 2006. John spent three years in the Compliance office at FSU prior to joining the Student Services office, and has taught courses at FSU in sport management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as career planning and first-year student experience courses, and he currently teaches sport history. He is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, teaching graduate-level courses in sport law, sport ethics, sport marketing, and athletic administration. John serves 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 nonprofit Dick Howser Center for developmentally challenged children, and very recently served as the Honorary Chairperson for the FSU Relay for Life event. In 2007, he received the Partners with a Purpose award from FSU for outstanding service to the university and the Division of Student Affairs.