Dr. Laurence Barton

Dr. Laurence Barton


Faculty Member Laurence Barton Landscape Photo

O. Alfred Granum Chair in Management
Professor of Management

Areas of Expertise:

Communications, Corporate Change, Crisis Management, Threat Management

AB, Boston College
MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
PhD, Boston University


Dr. Laurence “Larry” Barton, CAP®, began his distinguished career in higher education at the age of 27, when he became the youngest professor in the history of Harvard Business School teaching Managerial Communication. He then taught crisis management and international business at Boston College, Penn State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1995, Motorola recruited him as VP of Crisis Management worldwide, where he created protocols to manage such issues as workplace violence, product recalls and embezzlement prevention. In 1999, he became President of DeVry University in Phoenix and later President and CEO of Heald College, a network of 12 non-profit campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon.

Dr. Barton joined The American College of Financial Services in 2003 as the institution’s eighth President and CEO. Under his leadership, The College experienced a major transformation with faculty recruitment, a new online learning platform, a doctoral program in Financial and Retirement Planning, and the establishment of five academic centers to provide an intersection between scholarship, research and practice management. Dr. Barton is credited for taking the institution from near insolvency to a level with no debt and combined net assets in excess of $110 million.

As O. Alfred Granum Chair in Management, Dr. Barton is a thought leader on risk management and the professions; is an award-winning author of four textbooks and nearly 50 peer-reviewed articles; and serves on the Editorial Board of four peer-reviewed journals: Risk Management, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, and Violence and Gender.  He is also a leading expert on workplace violence prevention and threat mitigation, and is the highest rated instructor at The FBI Academy and The U.S. Marshals Service. He was named a Fulbright Scholar to Japan, where he worked with the Japanese National Police in efforts to mitigate the Aum Shinrikyo cult. He continues to consult with many of the world’s leading corporations on threats and risks to their people and enterprises.

He received an AB, magna cum laude, from Boston College in Speech and Communications, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a PhD in Public Policy and Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University. He holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services.