Christine LaCola - Partner (email Christine)

Dr. La Cola joined CEP LLC as a partner in 2012 and is focused on organizational development, enrollment management, international programming, and program and curricular design.

As Assistant Dean of the Graduate Division, at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, she directed the activities of eight graduate degree programs that deliver international experiences, internships, and language training to executive, professional and full-time graduate students.  She was a member of the school’s curricular design team and supported a full-scale program enhancement to the internationally ranked International MBA program.  She also recently launched a best practice tele-presence learning technology into the nationally ranked, top tier Professional MBA program across the state of South Carolina and in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She was also a co-leader in the development of a unique Master of Education degree focused on synthesizing higher education and business skills.

 Previously, Dr. La Cola was Assistant Dean, Professional Programs & Services at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  Focused on the undergraduate, graduate and executive education markets, she lead the school’s MBA/MS recruiting efforts, career services team and all degree and non-degree executive education.  Her accomplishments include the largest financial executive-level leadership development contract in the school’s history.  Dr. La Cola also established and managed Smith’s Advisory and Collaborative Services unit, which includes the MBA Consulting Program and faculty consultative services arm of the business school.

Prior to entering the higher education industry, Dr. La Cola spent over nine years at the IBM Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.  At PwC Consulting, she managed the national sales operations team and focused on strategic business development initiatives, such as improving the firm’s CRM tool usage and rebuilding the compensation/incentive programs for business development executives.  Her focus at IBM was on operational excellence at the contract level within the federal practice.

Dr. La Cola graduated, cum laude, with a B.A. degree in economics and business administration from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She earned an M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a doctorate in Higher Education Management from The Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.