Col. Eric R. Potts
About Col. Eric R. Potts

Eric graduated from UMR in 1973 in civil engineering.  He received a master’s degree in national security strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996 and received a professional degree from UMR in 2001.  He was an outstanding athlete at UMR and was on the basketball, baseball, track and football teams while at the university.  He finished fourth in the 100-yard dash at the MIAA and regional meets in 1971 and was also part of the 440-yard relay team that finished second in the conference.  He was part of two relay teams that set records that stood for better than two decades.  Eric served for 27 years in the U.S. Army as an officer in the engineer branch.  He served in command assignments in Germany and the U.S. and ended his career as executive director of civil works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He retired as a colonel in 2000.  He currently is the deputy director of the Houston Airport System.  Eric is a member of many professional and community organizations, including vice chair of the steering committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Steer Committee.  He is in the Academy of Fellows of the Society of Military Engineers and on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Southern University.  He is in the S&T Academy of Civil Engineers and was inducted in the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.  Eric and his wife, Inge, have a daughter, Jessica, and live in Houston, Texas.  Eric is serving the AMA as vice president and chair of the membership committee.