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  • Larry Barton, PhD has a long and distinguished career spanning both higher education and industry. He is also the highest rated instructor at The FBI Academy in Quantico, VA where he teaches Workplace Violence Prevention.

    Prior to joining The American College as President and CEO (2003-2014), Dr. Barton served as president and chief executive officer of Heald College, a not-for-profit institution with 11 campuses in California, Oregon, and Hawaii. Before this, he served as president of DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona.

    From 1995-1999, Dr. Barton served as vice president of Crisis Management for Motorola, Inc., where he led critical incident strategies for one of the world's leading technology companies, managing regional teams in London, Geneva, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

    A former professor of management and business at Pennsylvania State University Graduate Center at Great Valley, Dr. Barton has also served on the faculties of Boston College and Harvard Business School. He was named Teacher of the Year in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1992, ranking first among 92 faculty members.

    As a scholar, Dr. Barton is the author of four books devoted to enhancing and expanding understanding of crisis and workplace violence: Crisis In Organizations (1990: Thomson); Ethics: The Enemy in the Workplace (1995: Thomson); Crisis in Organizations II (2001: Thomson) and Crisis Leadership Now (2008: McGraw-Hill). Crisis Leadership Now was named One of The 30 Best Business Books of The Year by Soundview Executive Books. Dr. Barton is also subject advisor for Crisis Management: The Essentials from Harvard Business School Books (2004), "Managing Communications After Workplace Threats and Violent Acts" in a new book published by The American Bar Association and "Risk Communications and Public Health" from Oxford University Press (2010).

    Dr. Barton received a coveted Senior Fulbright Scholarship in Crisis Management to Japan from the U.S. Information Agency in 1987. Since 1995 Dr. Barton has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives at the University of Tennessee since 2005 for The Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (Blackwell Publishing, U.K.) and since 2013 on The Editorial Board of Gender and Violence.

    Dr. Barton enjoys an international reputation as one of the world's leading experts in threat and crisis management. His clients include many members of The Fortune 500. Dr. Barton has offered keynote speeches and presentations at more than 300 conferences in nearly 20 countries.

    His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, and more than 40 academic journals worldwide. Dr. Barton has been interviewed on CNBC, ABC News This Morning, CNN, Public Radio's "Marketplace", and other network programs on issues related to threats at work. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and other publications. For the past eight years, Insurance Newscast has recognized Dr. Barton as "One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Insurance."

    Dr. Barton holds an AB degree, magna cum laude, in speech and communications from Boston College, the MALD (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy) degree in international business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a PhD degree in public affairs and international communications from Boston University. Dr. Barton is married to Eliza Alden and they have two sons, Matthew and Mark.
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Insurance Education

Registered Health Underwriter®

(Health Insurance)


Chartered Healthcare Consultant®

(Healthcare Specialty)


Registered Employee

Benefits Consultant

(Employee Benefits)


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(Field or Agency Leadership)


Life Underwriter Training

Council Fellow

(Insurance Skills)


Chartered Life Underwriter®

(Insurance Specialty)

Financial Planning

Chartered Financial Consultant®

(Advanced Financial Planning)


Certification Education

(Financial Planning)


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Senior Living®

(Retirement Income Education)


Financial Services Specialist

(Financial Services Basics)


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in Philanthropy®



Retirement Income

Certified Professional

(Retirement Income)

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Management

(Executive Leadership)


Master of Science in

Financial Services

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