Dr. Larry M. Hall became Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Lenoir-Rhyne College on June 1, 2007. On August 1, 2008, his title changed to Provost of the University, as he oversees Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Enrollment Management.
Prior to his arrival at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Dr. Hall served as a professor and academic administrator at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. During his seventeen-year stint at Belmont, he served as a Department Chair, as the Associate Dean for the School of Social Sciences, and, finally, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001-2007. Under his leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences increased its enrollment by over 65 percent, launched numerous innovative academic projects such as the New Century Convergence Journalism and Montessori Education programs, and led major outreach initiatives such as Conversations at Belmont for secondary teachers across the disciplines.
In 2001, he received Belmont University's highest faculty honor, the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award. That same year, he was honored nationally for his teaching when he received the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha National Award for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science.
Since his arrival at LR, Dr. Hall has led many new initiatives in support of the continual improvement of the University: LR has revised significantly its core curriculum and convocation programs; the campus has continued to enhance "engaged learning" opportunities for students such as study abroad, service learning, and undergraduate research; support for faculty professional development has increased substantially; the University has entirely revamped its assessment and evaluation systems; and the campus has established several new academic student support systems such as the new Lohr Learning Commons in the Rudisill Library.
Hall received his B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Carson-Newman College and, after graduate training in Economics at George Mason University, attained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Tennessee. He is married to Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, a professor of liberal studies whose scholarly interests include American intellectual history, Native American issues, and science fiction and fantasy studies. They reside in Granite Falls, North Carolina, along with the world's smartest Boston terrier, The Shire's Virginia Lorien, aka, Virginia.